posted on July 01, 2014 10:50
Two people are dead after a fiery car crash on the New York State Thruway Monday.
The crash happened in the Town of Mendon between exits 45 and 46 around 4:30 in the afternoon.
According to police a vehicle traveling in the eastbound lane crossed over the median and crashed into five other vehicles, one of those being a tractor trailer.
Witnesses say the tractor trailer immediately erupted into flames.
Police have not released the names of the victims in the crash until their families can be notified.
News10NBC and Time Warner Cable News both report the male victims were from Batavia and Darien and State Police will be releasing more information today.
UPDATE (2:27 P.M.):
State Police say the two victims are 51-year-old Michael Pehrson of Batavia and 25-year-old Christopher Rheinheimer of Darien.
The pick-up occupied by the two men was hit head-on by a commercial vehicle that crossed the median.
Police continue to investigate the crash. There are no charges or arrests at this time.
UPDATE: (2:39 P.M.): More details about the accident from State Police
The men were pronounced dead at the scene after their pickup truck was struck head on by a commercial vehicle hauling a construction dumpster.
That vehicle was traveling eastbound when it left its lane, crossed the center median, and traveled into westbound traffic, according to officials' preliminary investigation
The operator of the commercial vehicle, Roger L. Labar, 51, of Prattsburgh, was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Seconds after the first collision, a westbound tractor-trailer hauling produce struck the damaged guide rail from the first collision, puncturing its fuel tank and causing it to become fully engulfed in flames.
The operator of the tractor-trailer, a 49-year-old man from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, quickly exited the vehicle and was uninjured.
A fourth vehicle traveling behind the tractor-trailer struck debris in the road causing it to spin and be struck head on by a fifth vehicle.
The operator of the fourth vehicle, a 70-year-old man from Canandaigua, was transported to Strong Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver of the fifth vehicle was uninjured.
A sixth vehicle traveling westbound on I-90 struck debris causing damage to the vehicle only.