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Police: Pa. trucker not paying attention before crash that killed 6

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 16 2012 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 17 2012 05:01:22 PM CDT

A local truck driver wasn't paying attention when he plowed into a line of cars stopping for a paving project last month, police said.

ANTWERP, N.Y. -

A local truck driver wasn't paying attention when he plowed into a line of cars stopping for a paving project in upstate New York last month, killing six people, police said.

No charges have been brought against James Mills Jr. of Myerstown, Lebanon Co., said Investigator Rick Hathaway. The Jefferson County district attorney will determine whether to charge Mills.

Mills was carrying a full load of yogurt on the two-lane highway near Fort Drum on July 19 when he skidded on fresh pavement and slammed into a stopped vehicle.

That set off a chain reaction and fire that engulfed two vehicles. Four members of one family plus a friend died in one car and a woman died in the other. A seventh person was critically injured.