Two CNY children killed after pickup plows into minivan on NYS Thruway; parents hurt

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Junius Ponds, N.Y. — Two children killed Thursday morning in a crash on the New York State Thruway were from Central New York.

Sisters Maryella Annal and Elizabeth Annal, of Baldwinsville, died when their family’s minivan was rear-ended by a pickup truck on Interstate 90 west in Seneca County, the New York State Police said. Maryella was 11. Elizabeth was 9.

The girls’ parents — Maureen Annal, 50, and Thomas Annal, 54 — were seriously injured.

The deadly accident happened just before 10:30 a.m. near the Junius Ponds rest area. The stop is about 45 miles west of Syracuse.

Maryella and Elizabeth’s father, the driver of the minivan, was slowing down for a lane closure when a pickup truck rammed into the back of his van, troopers said. The driver of the pickup truck had not slowed down for the upcoming lane closure, troopers said.

After it was rear-ended, the minivan hit a small sedan, which then struck a tractor trailer.

This breaking news story will be updated.

Staff writer Samantha House covers breaking news, crime and public safety. Have a tip, a story idea, a question or a comment? Reach her at shouse@syracuse.com.

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