The seven people killed in a crash in Cortland County have been identified. Authorities released the names of all the victims of Wednesday's crash in Truxton. Our Tamara Lindstrom joined us from the scene of the crash on State Route 13.
TRUXTON, N.Y. -- New details are being released in the Cortland County crash that killed seven people on State Route 13 Wednesday night. It happened just after 6 p.m. in the Town of Truxton.
Four children and three adults were killed when their minivan was hit by a trailer. The Cortland County Sheriff's department has identified the victims as Teresa Bush, 26, and her two daughters, Alexis Bush, 4 and Jasmine Bush, 5, Lena Beckwith, 21, Carino Vanorden, 24, Alyssa Mead, 7 and Tyler Mead, 4. Shawn Mead, the father of the two Mead children, was transported to Upstate Medical Center for the injuries he sustained in the crash, but the severity of his injuries are unknown. Carino Vanorder was a resident of Fayetteville, N.Y. The other crash victims were all residents of Cortland County.
Deputies say a tractor trailer driven by Ryan Dorward, 26, of Manlius, N.Y., was carrying crushed cars when the hitch failed and the trailer became disconnected. The trailer slammed into a minivan with eight people inside. Duane Newton, 44, was a passenger in the truck. Neither the truck driver or passenger were injured in the crash.
At this point, weather is not believed to be a factor for the crash.
State Route 13 is back open between Crains Mills and West Keeney roads.
The community is a close-knit one, with many coming together to grieve the loss of so many loved ones.
We spoke with family of the Mead children as they try to come to grips with the tragedy.
"They were very great kids. Alyssa was always our Cabbage Patch baby and Tyler, he was just being a boy. He was daddy's boy, but mommy loved him just as much. All of us are going to have our prayers for them. They're going to be sadly missed. We love them all to pieces," said Bonnie Cobb, a great aunt of the Mead children.
The Mead children also had two sisters who were not involved in the crash.
The Cortland City School District released a statement after the crash saying in part, "Our school crisis team met this morning to put supports in place for students and staff members who are struggling to cope with the accident. We would also like to express gratitude for the willingness of our community partners and neighboring districts to assist us in any way possible. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected as we begin the process of healing."