Bronx family killed in upstate tractor trailer crash

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I-87 in Kingstron.
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A Pelham Bay family was tragically killed in a fatal tractor trailer accident in upstate New York on Sunday night.

According to a report from Times Union, the driver of a large truck hit the family’s 2012 Honda Accord and one other car on I-87 in Ulster, New York, taking the lives of 10-year-old Justin Gayapersad, 14-year-old Chelsea Gayapersad and 47-year-old Zulika Salim at about 8:30 p.m.

Responding to the tragic collision, one family member took to Facebook saying “I have lost a wonderful aunt and my loving cousins I never thought it will be so early to say goodbye.”

The collision sent the family’s car about 500 feet forward on the southbound road.

The Daily News reported that the crash occurred near exit 19 in Ulster.

The tractor-trailer driver, reported as 61-year-old Luc Leblanc of Quebec, Canada made an attempt to avoid the crash tried to avoid a collision when he came upon stopped traffic but was unable to stop in time.

Five others were reported injured as result of the crash.

The Bronx Times reached out to New York State police and is awaiting a response.

This is a developing story. Check back here for updates. 

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