Six Injured, Five Killed in New York Tractor Crash

Crews labored to free people from the wreckage

 

 
 
 

| Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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Six Injured in NY Tractor Crash

Rescuers relied on a survivor and members of the Amish community to identify the dead.
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BENTON, N.Y. (AP) — The crash that killed five people in a van carrying Amish farmers in upstate New York took hours to untangle, as rescue crews labored to free people from the wreckage that was stuck under a tractor.

They also struggled to identify victims who typically don't carry identification.

Rescuers relied on a survivor and members of the Amish community to identify the dead and injured in Tuesday's crash.

Six people remain hospitalized Wednesday after the collision between a car passing the slow moving tractor and the van carrying 14 people touring rural Finger Lakes farms.

Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike called it a horrific tragedy.

Steven Eldridge of Penn Yan, the car's driver, was arraigned after the crash on five counts of criminally negligent homicide, driving while intoxicated and other offenses.



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Six Injured in NY Tractor Crash

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Officials work the scene of a crash where police say a car passing a slow-moving farm tractor on a curve sideswiped an oncoming van carrying 13 Amish farmers, sending the van under the tractor, killing five passengers and injuring eight others plus the driver of the tractor, Tuesday, July 19, 2011, in Benton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Democrat & Chronicle, Jamie Germano)


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Emergency personnel respond to the scene of an accident where police say a van full of farmers collided with another vehicle and a tractor this afternoon, killing five and injuring eight more, in the Yates County town of Benton, N.Y., Tuesday, July 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Democrat & Chronicle, Jamie Germano)


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Multiple casualties have a occurred in a van/farm equipment accident in the town of Benton, N.Y., Tuesday, July 19, 2011. Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike says about 15 people were involved in the crash 43 miles southeast of Rochester. He says five people were pronounced dead at the scene and nine more were taken to hospitals. (AP Photo/Finger Lakes Times, Spencer Tulis)



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