Fundraiser begun for Houston area family after NY crash

HERKIMER, NY

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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