A minivan going in the wrong direction crashed into two cars in Westchester County north of New York City, killing eight people, including four young cousins and the mother of one of them.
State police Investigator Joseph Becerra said the minivan was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of the Taconic State Parkway when it struck an SUV and careened into a third vehicle. The minivan rolled down an embankment and burst into flames.
The woman driving the minivan and four of the five children inside were killed, Becerra said, as were three men in the SUV. Two people in the third vehicle were hospitalized.