Skip to main content

Trailer comes loose from truck, kills 7, including children

By Lorenzo Ferrigno and Josh Levs, CNN
updated 2:39 PM EDT, Thu May 30, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: The children were from 2 families, ages 4-7
  • A minivan was carrying eight people; seven died, one is hospitalized
  • No one in the truck was hurt
  • Autopsies are being conducted Thursday and Friday

(CNN) -- A trailer came unhitched from a truck near Syracuse, New York, on Wednesday, and slammed into an approaching minivan, killing seven people, authorities said.

Four of the dead were children from two families, police said.

The one survivor from the van is Shawn Mead, whose children Alyssa, 7 and Tyler, 4, died in the crash. He's in a hospital, and the extent of his injuries are not yet known, police said.

Teresa Bush, 26 and her two daughters Jasmine, 5, and Alexis, 4, died in the crash, along with Lena Beckwith, 21, and Carino Vanorden, 24. It was not immediately clear how the adults may have been related.

The two people on board the truck -- Ryan Dorward, 26, and Duane Newton, 44 -- were unharmed.

Authorities do not know what caused the trailer to come loose. Storms and hail were reported in the area Wednesday evening, but Sheriff's Lt. Robert Derksen told CNN affiliate YNN Syracuse that weather was not believed to be a factor.

The station also reported that the trailer was carrying about 20 crushed cars to a dump.

The crash took place on a rural highway in the town of Truxton, said Capt. Mark Helms of the Cortland County Sheriff's Department.

Autopsies are being conducted Thursday and Friday, coroner Whitney Meeker said.

CNN's Jake Carpenter contributed to this report.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
updated 10:39 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Tethered to an IV drip, 71-year-old Shin Young Ja lies under a thin fleece blanket, nursing a broken back and wracked with survivor's guilt.
updated 7:23 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Family members of the missing passengers are pinning slim hopes on floundering air pockets.
updated 12:14 PM EDT, Thu April 17, 2014
An Iranian mother slaps and then forgives her 17-year old son's murderer in dramatic scenes at the gallows.
updated 7:35 AM EDT, Wed April 16, 2014
An "extraordinary" video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years.
updated 8:30 AM EDT, Mon April 14, 2014
Explore each side's case, reconstructed from Pistorius' court affidavit and the prosecution's case during last year's bail hearing.
updated 8:37 AM EDT, Wed April 16, 2014
Mentions of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student protests or political reform are still censored in China.
updated 5:34 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
The Hadza are one of the last communities of hunter-gatherers in the world -- but losing their land.
updated 9:22 PM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
In choosing to change a traditional practice, Francis is being as radical as Jesus was in his own time.
updated 7:13 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Too weak. Can't handle pressure. Unattractive to sponsors. Susie Wolff has heard it all.
updated 11:56 PM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Browse through images you don't always see on news reports from CNN teams around the world.
updated 8:30 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
It's like finding a needle in a universe-wide haystack. Researchers have located a planet roughly the size of Earth that could be habitable.
updated 5:40 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014
Dubai, long champion of all things biggest, longest and most expensive, will soon have some competition from a neighboring country.
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT