Feedback: Police Say Driver Inattention Caused Antwerp Fatal Crash


State police say inattention on the part of a tractor-trailer driver caused the crash that killed six people near Antwerp last month.

Investigator Rick Hathaway told 7 News the police investigation revealed that 45 year old James Mills wasn't paying attention when the tractor-trailer he was driving slammed into several stopped cars, resulting in a fiery crash.

"In this case it just means that his mind and eyesight wasn't all focused on driving," Hathway said.

The cars were stopped because of paving work on Route 11 just north of Antwerp on July 19.

Hathaway said a full report on the accident was being released Friday afternoon.

He said the investigation's findings will be reviewed with Jefferson County District Attorney Cindy Intschert next week to determine what charges will be filed against Mills.

Officials say Mills is not in custody and they do not consider him a flight risk.

"He's cooperated fully up to this point and we'll continue to see that cooperation," Hathaway said.

Among those killed were 42 year old Laurie Dana and her two daughters, 11 year old Lauryn Dana and 14 year old Caitlyn Dana.

In the same vehicle and also killed were the children's grandmother, 69 year old Janet Dana, and 14 year old Shannon Planty, a family friend. All the occupants of the car were from the Brushton area. All five died instantly.

Also dead is 59 year old Maryann Gregory of Dickinson Center, who was in a separate vehicle.

Injured was 44 year old Lewis Lottie of Nicholville, who was a Department of Transportation employee who was driving a DOT pickup truck to a meeting in Watertown.

See our earlier stories here and here.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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