Crash kills 6 Jefferson County, Police seek cause image

State police say six people were killed in a chain-reaction crash, after a grisly car crash in the town of Antwerp Thursday morning.

A seventh is fighting for his life.

Police say the driver of the tractor trailer hit stopped traffic in a construction zone, causing a chain reaction crash. The car at the front of the line was carrying a family of five and burst into flames. Everyone in the car was killed.

It happened around 9:00 a.m. Thursday, on Route 11, in the Town of Antwerp, just minutes from Fort Drum.

Investigators are working hard to determine just how the crash happened. Crews were on the scene for nearly 10 hours trying to piece it all together.

“All vehicles were in line…it appeared the tractor trailer struck the first vehicle and it had the domino effect and two of those vehicles burst into flames after being struck,” State Police spokesperson, Jack Keller told NewsChannel 9.

Signage on the tractor-trailer indicates it is owned by MBM Customized Foodservice Distribution based in Rocky Mount, N.C. A company spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. Keller said the truck was hauling a full load of yogurt from a plant in North Lawrence in neighboring Franklin County.