BATAVIA — State police are seeking the public’s help in finding the driver of a tractor-trailer that made an illegal U-turn on the state Thruway early Friday morning, causing a crash that killed two people.
The crash happened between exits 46 in Henrietta and 47 in Le Roy near the Ontario rest stop in the town of Wheatland.
Troopers said a tractor-trailer attempted to make a U-turn across the westbound lanes about 4 a.m. A car, also traveling west, drove under the tractor-trailer, instantly killing the driver and critically injuring a passenger.
The passenger died at Strong Memorial Hospital a few hours later.
The truck driver continued on, entering the eastbound lanes, got off at exit 46 and pulled into the parking lot at Doubletree Hotel at Jefferson and East Henrietta roads.
Troopers said the driver pulled a large piece of the car from his rig and left it behind before driving off.
The truck is described as a yellow Volvo with a sleeper cab and pulling a trailer with driver’s side damage.
Anyone with information should call state police at (518) 436-2825 or (585) 398-4100.
The names of the victims, believed to be from out-of-state, have not been released.
The crash was the second multi-fatality crash on the Thruway in 24 hours.
On Thursday about 10:30 a.m., two children, ages 9 and 11, were killed in the westbound lanes at Junius Ponds Rest Area in Seneca County.
Investigators believe that traffic was slowing for a lane closure when a pickup truck failed to slow down and struck a minivan from behind, which struck a small passenger vehicle, which struck a tractor-trailer.
The children were belted in the rear set of the minivan.
The driver and front seat passenger of that minivan were airlifted to Strong Memorial with serious injuries.
The driver of the truck was treated at the scene.
The driver of the other passenger vehicle was transported to Geneva Hospital.
State police later identified the girls as sisters Maryella Annal, 11, and Elizabeth Annal, 9, from Baldwinsville. Their parents, Maureen, 50, and Thomas, 54, suffered multiple serious injuries.