BRANT, N.Y. — A van carrying 10 people home from a Florida vacation drifted off the New York State Thruway on Thursday morning and rear-ended a state-owned dump truck moving slowly alongside the highway outside Buffalo, killing a father, his 1-month-old son, and a woman passenger, state police said.
A third adult and six other children in the van were injured, along with the driver of the Thruway Authority truck that was hit around 7:45 a.m. on the eastbound side of Interstate 90 in the southern Erie County town of Brant, Captain Douglas Montijo said.
The truck was traveling only 1 or 2 miles an hour along the left shoulder as it followed two Thruway workers picking up trash in the median, Montijo said. There were no indications the 27-year-old driver of the van, Luis Arroyo, touched the brakes before it slammed into the back of the truck, which was mounted with a lighted arrow board, he said.
Police believe two families were traveling in the van while returning to Buffalo after vacationing in Florida, Montijo said.