BRANT, N.Y. (AP) — A van carrying 10 people home from a Florida vacation drifted off the New York State Thruway on Thursday morning and rear-ended a state-owned dump truck moving slowly alongside the highway outside Buffalo, killing a father, his 1-month-old son and a woman passenger, state police said.
A third adult and six other children in the van were injured, along with the driver of the Thruway Authority truck that was hit around 7:45 a.m. on the eastbound side of Interstate 90 in the southern Erie County town of Brant, Capt. Douglas Montijo said.
The truck was traveling only 1 or 2 mph along the left shoulder as it followed two Thruway workers picking up trash in the median, Montijo said. There were no indications the 27-year-old driver of the van, Luis Arroyo, touched the brakes before it slammed into the back of the truck, which was mounted with a lighted arrow board, he said, adding that some of the children weren't in safety seats.
Arroyo and the infant Luis Arroyo Jr. were declared dead at the scene. Christieann Gonzalez, 29, died at a hospital.
Authorities said Jessica Gonzalez, 29, underwent surgery and was listed in serious condition Thursday afternoon at Erie County Medical Center.