A trailer hauling crushed cars broke free of the big rig that was pulling it, cut across a rural, two-lane road and crashed into a minivan earlier this week. The accident happened in Cortland County south of Syracuse.
The sheriff’s office said yesterday investigators determined the cause of the crash was mechanical failure. A part intended to securely lock the coupling between the tractor and trailer failed, but investigators hadn’t yet determined why, the sheriff’s office said.
The truck was owned and operated by Newton Salvage of Georgetown, N.Y. Carino Vanorden, 24, Lena Beckwith, 21 were killed as well as 26-year-old Teresa Bush, her two daughters, Alexis, 4, and Jasmine, 5; and Alyssa Mead, 7; and Tyler Mead, 4.
Accidents like these are completely avoidable if a truck owner properly inspects and maintains their vehicle. All owners of motor vehicles have a duty to manage and repair their vehicles. When an owner is negligent in the maintenance of a vehicle, horrible things happen.
Our attorneys at Morgan Levine Dolan represent countless victims in crashes similar to this one. If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in an accident with a truck, contact Duane Morgan at 212-785-5115.