Seven people including four young children and three young adults were killed last month when their minivan was struck by a runaway trailer loaded with crushed cars. Information from authorities investigating the horrific crash in the rural upstate New York community indicates the trailer separated from the rig that was hauling it while traveling on a stretch of Route 13 about 25 miles north of Syracuse. The minivan was ripped apart by the collision, which occurred around 6 p.m. on May 29. Both vehicles came to a rest on the shoulder of the highway.
The seven victims were from two local families, one from the town of Truxton and the other from another nearby area. The four children killed in the crash were all younger than 10 years old. Rescuers removed an eighth passenger, an adult male, from the minivan and transported him to a hospital in Syracuse for treatment. Two people from the truck that was hauling the trailer were uninjured. The driver of the minivan saw the trailer coming at the vehicle and tried to avoid it by veering off the road. Based on investigative reports, he was unable to do so.
Sources: Associated Press and rightinginjustice.com
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