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TRUXTON, NY – A trailer loaded with crushed cars came loose from a semi tractor and drifted across the highway into oncoming traffic and crashed head-on into a minivan killing 7 occupants and seriously injuring an 8th person.

Photo shows the location on State Route 13 where seven people were killed in a fatal semi truck accident in Truxton, NY on May 29, 2013. Photo credit: CNY News,

The accident happened just after 6:00 p.m. on State Route 13 between West Keeney Rd and Crains Mills Rd. Truxton is located in Cortland County, NY in the west-central part of the state about 27.4 miles southeast of Syracuse.

Map shows location of fatal semi truck accident in Truxton, NY on State Route 13  between West Keeney Rd and Crains Mills Rd on May 29, 2013.

Map shows location of fatal semi truck accident in Truxton, NY on State Route 13 between West Keeney Rd and Crains Mills Rd on May 29, 2013.

The semi truck was traveling south on State Route 13 when the trailer it was pulling came loose and veered into the northbound lanes where it crashed into the minivan, completely demolishing it and killing most of its occupants.

Among the dead were four children and three adults.

An article in the CNYCentral.com website reported on the story:

“26-year-old Teresa Bush was killed along with her two daughters 4-year-old Alexis Bush and 5-year-old Jasmine Bush.”

The article states that Teresa Bush was “in a relationship with Shawn Mead, 21, the only survivor in the car.”

The article had more details on the victims:

“Mead’s two children, 7-year-old Alyssa Mead and 4-year-old Tyler Mead, were killed in the crash.”

“21-year-old Lena Beckwith was also killed in the crash. She was a 2011 graduate of DeRuyter Central School and was engaged to 24-year-old Carino Vanorden who was also killed in the crash.”

There were two occupants in the truck who were not injured.

Officials want to know what caused the trailer to disengage from the tractor.

The crash is currently under investigation.


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