'It's Just A Sad, Sad, Sad Time' For Crash Victims' Community


Hundreds of people crowded into a church in Brushton - and hundreds more watched from a near-by school - as the funeral for four members of the Dana Family took place Tuesday.

"It's just a sad, sad, sad time," said Mary Griffin, a long time friend of the family.

The four were killed in a fiery multi-vehicle crash on Route 11outside Antwerp when a tractor-trailer slammed into a line of cars and trucks that was stopped for paving work.

Among those killed were 42-year-old Laurie Dana of Lawrence, along with her two daughters, 14-year-old Caitlyn and 11-year-old Lauryn.

The girls' grandmother, 69 year old Janet Dana, also died.

Recalling Laurie Dana, Griffin said "No matter where she went, she was smiling. Everyone loved her."

St. Mary's Church and Brushton-Moira school were closed to tv cameras Tuesday, although a closed circuit transmission of the funeral was beamed into the school's auditorium.

7 News reporter John Friot, on scene, estimated the crowd at the church at 400, and another 600 at the school.

Father Christopher Looby and Father Gary Giroux led the service. Father Looby said he reminded the mourners to 'value every day.'

The funeral lasted about 90 minutes. There were two hearses and two coffins, with burial set for the cemetery across from the school.

In all, six people were killed in the crash, including 14 year old Shannon Planty, a family friend riding with the Danas and 59 year old Maryann Gregory of Dickinson Center, who was in another car.

See our earlier story.

Saturday, December 10, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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