Eight people, including four children, were killed after three cars crashed in the northbound lanes of the Taconic State Parkway on Sunday afternoon, the state police said.
A Ford Windstar minivan was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes when it collided head-on into a Chevy Trailblazer. The minivan then hit another car, rolled down a hill and burst into flames.
The woman driving the minivan and four of the five children inside it were killed. They were part of a family from Floral Park and West Babylon, on Long Island.
The children who died were girls ages 2, 5, 7 and 9.
Three men died in the Trailblazer. Two people in the third vehicle were hospitalized.