Police: Driver was alert in NY crash that killed 6

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Posted: Jul 20, 2012 3:05 PM
Police: Driver was alert in NY crash that killed 6

ANTWERP, N.Y. (AP) — Police in northern New York say the driver of a truck that started a chain-reaction crash in a work zone that left six dead was alert moments before it happened.

State Police Investigator Rick Hathaway says the tractor-trailer driven by 45-year-old James A. Mills Jr., of Myerstown, Pa., struck several vehicles Thursday.

The line of cars had slowed or stopped where paving was being done on a rural stretch of highway. Five people, including four from the same family, died in an SUV that burst into flames. A state transportation worker whose truck caught on fire was in critical condition, and a woman whose SUV flipped over died at a hospital.

Hathaway says the early investigation shows Mills wasn't texting or talking on his cellphone before the crash.