NY rescuers struggled to rescue, ID Amish victims
BENTON, N.Y. (AP) — The crash that killed five people in a van carrying Amish farmers in upstate New York took hours to untangle, as rescue crews labored to free people from the wreckage that was stuck under a tractor.
They also struggled to identify victims who typically don't carry identification.
Rescuers relied on a survivor and members of the Amish community to identify the dead and injured in Tuesday's crash.
Six people remain hospitalized Wednesday after the collision between a car passing the slow moving tractor and the van carrying 14 people touring rural Finger Lakes farms.
Yates County Sheriff Ronald Spike called it a horrific tragedy.
Steven Eldridge of Penn Yan, the car's driver, was arraigned after the crash on five counts of criminally negligent homicide, driving while intoxicated and other offenses.