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Police seek cause of chain-reaction crash that killed 6 in northern NY highway work zone
ANTWERP, N.Y. (AP) ¯¯¯ A state police accident reconstruction team is studying the sequence of events in a chain-reaction crash that killed six people including four family members in a northern New York roadwork zone.
Police say a tractor-trailer driven by James A. Mills Jr. of Myerstown, Pa., struck several vehicles that had slowed or stopped for roadwork on Route 11 Thursday morning. Five died in an SUV that burst into flames. A woman whose SUV flipped over died at a hospital and a state transportation worker whose truck erupted in flames is hospitalized in critical condition.
Mills was taken to a hospital for toxicology tests and released.
Trooper Jack Keller says investigators are using a computer simulation program to determine how fast Mills was driving and other details of the accident.