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New York crash kills 5, injures at least 8

From Rob Frehse, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The accident involved a farm tractor and two automobiles
  • A man has been arrested and charged with criminally negligent homicide

New York (CNN) -- Five people were killed and at least eight injured Tuesday in an accident involving a farm tractor and two automobiles in western New York, the Yates County Sheriff's Office said.

Police made an arrest in connection with the accident, Yates County Sheriff Ron Spike said.

Steven Eldridge, 42, of Pennyan, New York is charged with five counts of criminally negligent homicide, one count of driving while intoxicated, and one count of reckless driving, according to Spike.

Spike said Eldridge attempted to illegally pass the farm tractor in his car and clipped the driver's side of the oncoming van. The impact caused the van to collide with the tractor.

Several helicopters and at least 10 ambulances responded to the town of Benton to assist, the sheriff's office said.

Eight people were taken to area hospitals, though more may have been hurt.

CNN's Jesse Solomon contributed to this report