According to WRVO FM
, the tractor-trailer was traveling on Route 11 at about 9 a.m. when it failed to slow down for a work zone where paving was being performed. The yogurt truck slammed into other vehicles that had slowed down and caused a chain reaction that involved six cars.
Six people died, and one man, a New York State employee, was air-lifted to a Syracuse hospital and is reportedly in critical condition. WWNY TV
reported the crash victims ranged in ages of 11 to 69.
The driver of the tractor-trailer that is alleged to be the cause of the multi-car crash has been identified
as James A. Mills Jr. He was taken to the hospital, but was reportedly uninjured in the fiery crash.
An investigation has been launched. The truck driver will have to take a drug and alcohol test to determine if he was under the influence at the time of the crash. This is reportedly a required process in accidents that involve fatalities.
The Associated Press (courtesy of ABC News
) reported authorities said that a look at cellphone records indicated that there were no calls or texts in the time leading up to the crash. State Police Investigator Rick Hathaway noted at this time no distractors are known. Reportedly, Mills is being cooperative with authorities, who plan to do a reenactment of the crash and interview witnesses.
"We'll be able to say with certainty where the vehicles were in place," Hathaway said, reported AP. "That will give us a better idea of exactly what happened."