Five People Killed In Yates County Crash Involving Farm Tractor

July 19, 2011 Updated Jul 19, 2011 at 5:05 PM EDT

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Five People Killed In Yates County Crash Involving Farm Tractor

July 19, 2011 Updated Jul 19, 2011 at 5:05 PM EDT

Benton, N.Y. - () 13WHAM.com )Five people are dead in a crash involving a farm tractor and two vehicles in Yates County.

As of 3 p.m., the Sheriff says at least five people have died at the scene and nine others were taken to local hospitals by helicopter and ambulances.

The crash happened just before one o'clock on Loree and Preemption Road.

Authorities say a car was driving behind a farm vehicle on a curve when the car tried to pass the farm vehicle on the left side of the road.

A van with Mennonites was driving in the opposite direction, tried to avoid hitting the car head-on, and crashed into the farm vehicle.

The force of the crash sent the van underneat the front of the farm vehicle.

Strong Hospital in Rochester has received five patients.

Others were sent to hospitals in Auburn and Geneva.

Ten ambulances from the Penn Yan area responded to the scene.