Fundraiser begun for Houston area family after NY crash

July 18, 2013 10:00:00 PM PDT
More than $45,000 has been raised online for the eight members of a Texas family who were injured in central New York when their van crashed during a vacation trip.

Karl Mortensen of Cicero, near Syracuse, says an account has been set up on a fundraising website for his sister-in-law's family. They were traveling to Massachusetts last Sunday when their van crashed and overturned on the Thruway near Herkimer.

State police say Jennifer Hodson of the Houston suburb of Clear Lake was driving when the van crashed. Her 67-year-old mother was killed.

Hodson and her seven children ranging in age from 4 to 16 were injured. Five were treated and released and are staying at Mortensen's home.

Hodson was released from the hospital and is also at Mortensen's. Her other two children, ages 13 and 14, remain hospitalized.

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