Three Adults and Four Children Killed in Truxton Accident
Seven people including small children are dead following a crash involving a tractor trailer and a minivan that collided on Route 13 in Truxton Wednesday evening.
Just after six o’clock last night, Truxton Rescuers and Cortland County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the fatal crash which occurred on Route 13 just north of Crains Mills Road between Truxton and Cuyler.
A tractor trailer owned by Newton Salvage out of Georgetown in neighboring Madison County was hauling crushed cars southbound on Route 13 when for some unknown reason the trailer became detached from the tractor. The trailer then slid across the center line into the northbound lane and hit the mini-van which was headed north on Route 13. The van was carrying eight people, only one person survived the unidentified individual was taken to University Hospital in Syracuse with unknown injuries. Those killed include four children under the age of ten, along with three adults in their 20s,
The force of crash ripped the mini-van apart, the van and the trailer came to rest on the east side of the road. The driver of the tractor trailer and his passenger were uninjured, the driver was visibly shaken as he stood by at the scene.
Cortland County Coroner Whitney Meeker confirmed seven people including children died in the crash. Meeker has ordered autopsies for the victims, their remains were taken to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton; Meeker said it will probably take a couple days to complete the autopsies.
County Police have not identified the victim’s at this point pending notification of family. Several family members gathered at the crash scene last night, they were escorted away as investigators combed through the wreckage looking for what may have caused the horrific accident. While thunder storms had moved through the area before the crash, it does not appear that was a contributing factor.
Route 13 between Crains Mills Road and East Keeney Road was closed for several hours last night; the road has since been reopened to travel.