Benefit planned for families impacted by tragic Truxton crash

Carino Vanorden

The Cortland County community will come together later this month to help two families impacted by the deadly crash that killed seven people in the Town of Truxton earlier this year.

On May 29, a tractor trailer collided with a minivan carrying eight people on Route 13.

Teresa Bush, 26, and her two daughters, Jasmine, 5 and Alexis, 4, and Lena Beckwith, 21, and her fiancé Carino Vanorden, 24, died in the crash.

Beckwith and Vaorden were expecting a baby.

Two other children, Alyssa Mead, 7, and Tyler Mead, 4, also died. Their father, Shawn Mead, 31 was the only survivor of the crash.

Now, friends of the Bush and Beckwith families are holding a benefit for their families as they continue to cope with their loss and deal with outstanding funeral expenses.

On Sunday, July 28, there will be a "Benefit Jamboree." It's scheduled from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cuyler Fire Station on Route 13 in Cuyler.

It costs $5 for adults. Children 10 and younger are free.

There will be live entertainment from Chain Reaction, Aiken Heart and Loaded Dice.

If you're interested in attending, or want to contribute to donations, you may mail checks to:

The Beckwith/Bush Fund

25 S. Main Street, Homer NY 13077

For raffle tickets, you may contact Penny Fink (607) 591-9111 or Lou Anne Randall (607) 842-6695.

Cortland County Sheriff's deputies say the crash was caused by a mechanism failure on the fifth wheel locking mechanism of the tractor of the tractor trailer. When that came detached, the trailer fell into the minivan.

Lena Beckwith graduated from DeRuyter Central School in 2011 and from McEvoy Boces in 2012 specializing in Culinary Arts.

Teresa Bush obtained her GED from Boces in 2007.

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