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Truxton, NY crash kills four children, three adults

A makeshift memorial marks at the site of

A makeshift memorial marks at the site of a fatal car crash along Route 13 in Truxton, N.Y., Thursday, May 30, 2013, that killed four children and three adults. Four children and three adults were killed when their minivan was hit by a trailer that became disconnected from it's hitch. The trailer slammed into a minivan with eight people inside. Four children under the age of 10 and three adults in their early 20s were killed. One man survived the crash. (May 30, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

A trailer hauling crushed cars broke free of the big rig that was pulling it, slashed across a rural, two-lane road and slammed into a mini-van whose driver tried desperately to avoid the runaway rig on May 30, 2013. Four children, ages 4 through 7, and three adults died in the crash Wednesday night in Truxton, about 25 miles south of Syracuse.

A makeshift memorial marks at the site of
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A makeshift memorial marks at the site of a fatal car crash along Route 13 in Truxton, N.Y., Thursday, May 30, 2013, that killed four children and three adults. Four children and three adults were killed when their minivan was hit by a trailer that became disconnected from it's hitch. The trailer slammed into a minivan with eight people inside. Four children under the age of 10 and three adults in their early 20s were killed. One man survived the crash. (May 30, 2013)

A scant few remnants from a fatal car
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A scant few remnants from a fatal car crash along Route 13 in Truxton, N.Y., could be seen Thursday, May 30, 2013. According to the Cortland County coroner, four children under the age of 10 and three adults in their early 20s were killed. One man survived the crash. (May 30, 2013)

Sheriffs watch as they bulldoze the site of
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Sheriffs watch as they bulldoze the site of a fatal crash, Thursday, May 30, 2013 in Truxton, N.Y. A minivan carrying two families was hit by a runaway trailer hauling crushed cars in upstate New York, killing four young children and three adults in their early 20s, authorities said Thursday. (May 30, 2013)

Law enforcement officials work the scene of a
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Law enforcement officials work the scene of a fatal car crash along Route 13 in Truxton, NY, Thursday, May 30, 2013. According to the Cortland County coroner, four children and three adults were killed when their minivan was hit by a trailer. Deputies say a tractor trailer carrying crushed cars was going down the highway when the hitch failed and the trailer became disconnected. The trailer slammed into a minivan with eight people inside. Four children under the age of 10 and three adults in their early 20s were killed, and a man was injured in the crash. (May 30, 2013)

Cortland County Sheriffs Deputy John Gallagher surveys the
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Cortland County Sheriffs Deputy John Gallagher surveys the scene of a fatal car crash along Route 13 in Truxton, NY, Thursday, May 30, 2013. According to the Cortland County coroner, four children and three adults were killed when their minivan was hit by a trailer. Deputies say a tractor trailer carrying crushed cars was going down the highway when the hitch failed and the trailer became disconnected. The trailer slammed into a minivan with eight people inside. Four children under the age of 10 and three adults in their early 20s were killed, and a man was injured in the crash. (May 30, 2013)

Cortland County Sheriffs Deputy John Gallagher, left, surveys
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Cortland County Sheriffs Deputy John Gallagher, left, surveys the scene of a fatal car crash along Route 13 in Truxton, NY, Thursday, May 30, 2013. According to the Cortland County coroner, four children and three adults were killed when their minivan was hit by a trailer. Deputies say a tractor trailer carrying crushed cars was going down the highway when the hitch failed and the trailer became disconnected. The trailer slammed into a minivan with eight people inside. Four children under the age of 10 and three adults in their early 20s were killed, and a man was injured in the crash. (May 30, 2013)

Cortland County Sheriffs Deputy John Gallagher spray paints
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Cortland County Sheriffs Deputy John Gallagher spray paints markers along Route 13 in Truxton, NY, at the scene of a fatal car crash in Truxton, N.Y., Thursday, May 30, 2013. A minivan carrying two families was hit by a runaway trailer hauling crushed cars, killing four young children and three adults in their early 20s, authorities said Thursday. Cortland County Coroner Whitney Meeker told The Associated Press that all seven victims, including four children under 10, were local residents. They were killed and a man was injured when their van was hit by a trailer that broke away from a truck on Route 13 around 6 p.m. Wednesday in the rural town of Truxton, about 25 miles south of Syracuse. (May 30, 2013)

Cortland County Sheriff's Investigator, Shawn Conway, works the
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Cortland County Sheriff's Investigator, Shawn Conway, works the scene of a fatal car crash along Route 13 in Truxton, N.Y., Thursday, May 30, 2013. A minivan carrying two families was hit by a runaway trailer hauling crushed cars, killing four young children and three adults in their early 20s, authorities said Thursday. Cortland County Coroner Whitney Meeker told The Associated Press that all seven victims, including four children under 10, were local residents. They were killed and a man was injured when their van was hit by a trailer that broke away from a truck on Route 13 around 6 p.m. Wednesday in the rural town of Truxton, about 25 miles south of Syracuse. (May 30, 2013)

Law enforcement officials work the scene of a
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Law enforcement officials work the scene of a fatal car crash along Route 13 in Truxton, NY, Thursday, May 30, 2013. According to the Cortland County coroner, four children under the age of 10 and three adults in their early 20s were killed, while one man survived the crash. (May 30, 2013)

People gather at a home less than a
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People gather at a home less than a mile from the crash site along Route 13 in Truxton, NY, Thursday, May 30, 2013. A minivan carrying two families was hit by a runaway trailer hauling crushed cars, killing four young children and three adults in their early 20s, authorities said Thursday. Cortland County Coroner Whitney Meeker told The Associated Press that all seven victims, including four children under 10, were local residents. They were killed and a man was injured when their van was hit by a trailer that broke away from a truck on Route 13 around 6 p.m. Wednesday in the rural town of Truxton, about 25 miles south of Syracuse. (May 30, 2013)

Sgt. Shawn Conway, right, and John Gallagher look
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Sgt. Shawn Conway, right, and John Gallagher look over the site of a fatal crash,Thursday, May 30, 2013 in Truxton, N.Y. A minivan carrying two families was hit by a runaway trailer hauling crushed cars in upstate New York, killing four young children and three adults in their early 20s, authorities said Thursday. (May 30, 2013)

Truxton First Assistant Fire Chief, Ken Stone, talks
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Truxton First Assistant Fire Chief, Ken Stone, talks on the phone at the scene of a fatal car crash along Route 13 in Truxton, N.Y., Thursday, May 30, 2013. According to the Cortland County coroner, a trailer slammed into a minivan with eight people inside. Four children under the age of 10 and three adults in their early 20s were killed, while one man survived. (May 30, 2013)

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