Two Passengers Die in New York Big Rig Collision

Two passengers were killed when a car collided with a tractor trailer in upstate New York. A child who was riding in a car that was involved in a collision with a tractor trailer on the Adirondack Northway was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

The North Country Gazette reports that the accident occurred at around 10:45 a.m. on June 30 when a 2005 Nissan Quest was entering the northbound side of the highway from an exit ramp at Schroon Lake.

New York State Police told the news agency that their preliminary reports shows that the 40-year-old unidentified driver of the Nissan crossed into the path of a 2011 Freightliner semi after the truck moved into the left lane of the roadway in order to let the car merge into traffic.

The 18-wheeler then reportedly struck the car, which landed in the median strip just north of the collision.

According to the news source, a child passenger in the Nissan died at the scene of the crash. A female passenger was later pronounced dead at the Albany Medical Center.

The driver of the car and another child passenger were also injured in the accident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 203 people who were passengers died as the result of motor vehicle accidents in New York in 2009.