Two brothers -- ages 9 and 11 -- believed to be from the Buffalo area were pronounced dead at the scene of an accident on the Thruway in Ontario County early Monday morning, after State Police found a single vehicle overturned and on its side.
The boys were ejected from the back seat of the vehicle as it overturned several times, and State Police believe they were not wearing seat belts.
"They are brothers," Trooper Mark O'Donnell from the State Police at Canandaigua said late Monday morning. "We believe they're from the Buffalo area, because there was some information [inside the car] that led us to believe they were from Buffalo."
Troopers responding to a report of a serious crash in the westbound lanes at about 5:25 a.m. found the overturned vehicle in the right lane.
"The operator drove off the south shoulder of the roadway, clipped the guardrail, he overcorrected, and then the vehicle overturned several times," O'Donnell said.
Troopers have found no indication of any alcohol or drug use in the crash.
The male driver was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester in critical condition, while his adult female passenger, the boys' mother, was taken there for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said. Authorities do not believe the driver was the boys' father.
While the initial crash involved only one vehicle, State Police looked for and later found a second vehicle that may have struck one of the children without the driver knowing it. That driver has been found, and no criminal charges are expected to be filed.
All westbound lanes on the State Thruway were closed for at least several hours during this investigation.
As the investigation continues, anyone with any information about the crash is asked to call the State Police at (585) 398-4100.