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Van crashes into dump truck in NY; 3 dead, 8 hurt

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm •  Published: April 18, 2013

Dr. Kathryn Bass, director of the Western New York Regional Pediatric Trauma Center at Women & Children's Hospital, said medical personnel were optimistic about the six children being treated there. Police said Jaicob Gonzalez, 2, and Alexis Rodriguez Jr., 10, were in stable condition. Listed in critical condition were Jaiden Gonzalez, 4, Adrianna Arroyo, 6, Yamaris Rodriquez, 8, and Alexandra Rodriquez, 13. The dump truck driver suffered minor injuries.

Police believe two families were traveling in the van while returning to Buffalo after vacationing in Florida, Montijo said.

Blankets and pillows found in the wrecked van indicate the group may have been traveling all night, possible evidence that driver fatigue may have played a role in the collision, Montijo said. The accident happened 20 miles south of Buffalo.

An 11-mile stretch of the Thruway's eastbound lanes were closed for four hours after the crash.