7 Killed as Truck, Minivan Collide in Upstate NY
Children among the dead: officials
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 30, 2013 1:41 AM CDT
The location of the accident.   (AP Photo/ J. Magno)

(Newser) – Seven people, including children, were killed when a tractor-trailer collided with a minivan on a rural two-lane highway in upstate New York, officials said yesterday. The rig was headed south around 6pm on Route 13 about 25 miles south of Syracuse when the trailer became disconnected and crossed the center line, hitting a minivan carrying eight people, according to a rep for the Cortland County Sheriff's Department. The force of the impact ripped the minivan apart, and both vehicles came to rest on the shoulder of the roadway.

Officials have not released the identities of those killed, but all of them were passengers in the minivan. Two people in the truck were not injured, the sheriff's rep said. Officials did not say what caused the accident. The National Weather Service in Binghamton reported thunderstorms and steady showers—including hail—in the Truxton area yesterday evening. County Coroner Whitney Meeker said there was one survivor who was taken to a hospital in Syracuse. Meeker said it will probably take the next two days to complete autopsies.

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May 31, 2013 5:31 AM CDT
Is Newser really now posting reports on local accidents?
May 30, 2013 8:49 AM CDT
Only 2 things could have happened I know this cause I drove tractor trailers for over 25 years. 1. When the driver hooked up to the trailer the king pin that's on the trailer wasn't hooked right on the tractor cause you have to look at it with your eyes the pin could have been riding on the fifth wheel or where it locks into the fifth wheel it wasn't locked I can't tell you how many times I saw with my own eyes of people that hook up to trailers they have to get out of the tractor and wind up the landing gear any way but they take it for granted that it's hooked right after backing under it and never look I've seen trailers come unhooked more than 10 times. and one more thing some new tractors come with a switch in the cab and all you have to do is hit that switch and the fifth wheel lock becomes unlocked. When you back the tractor under the trailer and it hits the lock its supposed to close and lock that's why your supposed to pull the trailer brake on put the tractor in first gear and let the clutch out to make sure the fifth wheel holds the way its supposed to. That's part of your job as a driver. I think it was the driver being in a hurry and didn't do all his safety checks. What a shame if indeed he didn't do his checks. The inspection is the most important thing a truck driver can do. I always worried about the other driver's cause I couldn't live with myself if I killed one person let alone 7 I would have killed myself on the spot.
May 30, 2013 5:25 AM CDT
"Officials did not say what caused the accident." I'll take a wild stab at this, I'm going with the trailer becoming unhitched.