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Seven killed in upstate New York after tractor-trailer accident

By Aprille Hanson
The Trucker Staff


Seven people were killed in upstate New York on Wednesday after a trailer unhitched from a tractor-trailer and collided with a minivan, said Cortland County Coroner Whitney Meeker.

There were eight passengers in the minivan. One man was taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. Meeker said she did not know his condition, other than “he is alive,” as of 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

Three of those killed were adults and four were children under the age of 10. Police were not releasing names or specific ages of the victims and did not yet confirm the causes of death Thursday morning.

“The seven bodies are being autopsied today and tomorrow,” Meeker said. “Obviously, it’s going to be trauma-related.”

The two people traveling in the tractor-trailer were not injured.

Around 6 p.m. Wednesday, the tractor-trailer was traveling south on a rural two-lane highway, Route 13 south of Syracuse, in Truxton when the trailer allegedly disconnected, crossed the center line and struck the minivan. What caused the accident is still under investigation, Meeker said.

Meeker said the victims were from the surrounding areas, describing Truxton as a “wide spot in the road, a very rural community with a nice bunch of people.”

“There was a lot of confusion last night,” Meeker said. “The only word that fits it is devastating. The devastation was severe and extreme.”

Local police did not release information about the tractor-trailer Thursday morning, including the driver, company and what kind of load it was carrying.

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