Vehicles Traveling from Toronto to Brooklyn and Lakewood Involved in Serious Accident

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thruwayaccidentUpdated: Over a dozen Yidden have been hospitalized after an awful car accident this morning on the New York State Thruway, in the eastbound lanes between Exits 43 and 42 near Manchester, when a dump truck turned over half a mile from the Clifton Springs rest stop.

 The Yidden, who were traveling from Toronto, Ontario, to Brooklyn, New York, and Lakewood, New Jersey, were returning after spending Yom Tov in Canada, Misaskim tells

The accident occurred at approximately 5 a.m. when the dump truck hit the County Road 7 overpass – which overlooks the Thruway – and the dumpster it was carrying was thrown on to the highway, hitting the two vehicles being driven by frum Yidden.

A total of three families were represented in the two vehicles, a Suburban and a minivan.

thruwayaccident2Immediately after the accident occurred, one of the occupants called 911 and then contacted Misaskim’s hotline. Misaskim’s volunteers, along with other askanim, mobilized to have those who were injured immediately transported and flown to nearby hospitals. As of this writing, 17 people have been hospitalized with varying levels of injuries.

 {Noam Newscenter}


  1. MANCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) ? The back end of a dump truck hit an overpass on the state Thruway in western New York early Wednesday and two vehicles crashed into the wreckage, injuring five adults and 12 children, three of them seriously, authorities said.

    Eastbound traffic on the Thruway was stopped for more than five hours after the 4:30 a.m. accident near Exit 43 in Manchester, 30 miles southeast of Rochester. One of the two lanes was reopened just after 10 a.m. and the other shortly before noon.

    Two boys ages 6 and 14 were taken by helicopter to a Rochester hospital. They were listed in guarded condition along with a third child, whose age was not immediately disclosed, state police and hospital officials said.

    The dump truck’s empty box lifted up, struck an overpass, sheared off and landed in the highway, state police Sgt. Robin Urbaniak said.

    Within minutes, a van carrying Max Itzkowitz, 47, of Brooklyn, his wife Sheron, 41, and eight children ages 2 to 16 sideswiped the detached box, Urbanski said. A second vehicle driven by Yosef Compton of Springfield, N.J., then hit the wreckage, injuring all seven occupants, four of them children ages 4 to 11, she said.

    Inspection of the bridge by transportation officials contributed to the delay in reopening the eastbound lanes.

    The truck driver escaped injury, and police were trying to determine if the accident was caused by a mechanical problem or operator error.


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