5 Connecticut boys, ages 8-17, killed in New York crash

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Police say five Connecticut children, ranging in age from 8 to 17, have been killed in an early-morning fiery crash.

SCARSDALE, New York — Five Connecticut children, ranging in age from 8 to 17, were killed in a violent crash Sunday morning on a New York highway, police said.

Police believe the vehicle was being driven by a 16-year-old boy when it left Hutchinson River Parkway in Scarsdale, hit a tree and caught fire. A 9-year-old boy, the sixth person in the Nissan Rogue, was the sole survivor, according to a statement provided by Kieran O’Leary, a spokesman for the Westchester County Police Department.

The 9-year-old boy “apparently was riding in the rear hatchback/cargo area and escaped out the back,” according to the statement. The boy was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The five who were killed include four men and one woman. Their identities have not yet been revealed. Police said they are all from Connecticut.

Matt Conway, superintendent of schools in Derby, Connecticut, said he learned the children were part of a family that recently moved to the New Haven County community from New York, but had not enrolled in the district. Conway said he reached out to the father Sunday and offered to provide him with information about supports available in the community for him and his family. He planned to speak to the father again on Monday.

“It is the unimaginable. Having to make arrangements now for five of your children to be buried is a very difficult thing for anyone — one child, never mind five that you will have to make arrangements for now,” Conway said.

Police said the vehicle crashed around 12:20 a.m. and is under investigation. Derby is approximately 50 miles (80 km) north of Scarsdale.

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