CORTLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- No charges will be filed in connection with the crash in Truxton that left seven people dead.
On May 29th, a flat bed trailer disconnected from the truck and collided with a passenger van headed the opposite way on Route 13. Seven of the eight people in the van, including children, were killed.
A lengthy investigation by the Cortland County Sheriff's office indicates the Holland 5th Wheel hitch was responsible for the crash. The investigation found that, while it appeared that the hitch was working properly and was locking in place, there was a bent component inside that affected the locking mechanism. And investigators do not believe it became bent because of the crash.
The investigation led to a separate DOT compliance review of the carrier, Duane Newton. Newton was also a passenger in the truck. Several violations were found, including failure to maintain driver qualification files, using a commercial vehicle not properly inspected and failing to implement an alcohol and controlled substance testing program.
Despite those alleged violations, the Sheriff's office does not believe any of the citations had anything to do with the crash in May.