WOODBURY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A deadly seven-vehicle pileup on the New York State Thruway in Orange County was set off when a plow truck began spewing smoke, investigators said.
The accident, which involved a Thruway plow truck, two tractor-trailers and four cars, happened around 10:45 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 87 near exit 16 in Woodbury, police said.READ MORE: NYPD Investigating Citywide Bank Robbery Pattern; Man Accused Of Stealing More Than $4,000 From 5 Banks
Investigators said it all started when the plow truck pulled on to the shoulder after the engine compartment began smoking.
A car swerved out of the lane due to limited visibility from the smoke and struck a third passenger vehicle, investigators said.
A fourth car traveling north in the left lane then sideswiped the blade of the plow truck, investigators said.
Then a 2007 Toyota Prius driven by 53-year-old Mark Becker of Hillsdale, NJ slowed in the right lane. A tractor-trailer then rear-ended the Prius, pushing the car into the back of another tractor-trailer, investigators said.READ MORE: SPECIAL COVERAGE: 'AIDS Walk New York: Live At Home' On CBSN New York
Becker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Six other people were taken to St. Lukes Cornwall Hospital where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries.
No arrests were made.
The investigation is ongoing.
The crash blocked all northbound lanes between exits 16 and 17 for nearly six hours.MORE NEWS: NYPD Releases Video Of Vandalism Suspect After Crucifix Toppled, Flag Burned At Brooklyn Church
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