- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

VAN BUREN, N.Y. (AP) - State police are trying to determine what caused a tire on a boat trailer to break loose and slam into a vehicle on a Syracuse-area highway, killing an elementary school teacher and injuring her 1-year-old child and a 4-year-old she was babysitting.

Troopers say the tire came off a trailer hauling a boat being pulled by van traveling east on Interstate 690 around 1 p.m. Thursday in Van Buren, just west of Syracuse.

Police say the tire crossed the median and slammed into the windshield and roof of an eastbound vehicle driven by 33-year-old Jennifer Miles of Baldwinsville.

Troopers say Miles was pronounced dead at the scene. Her baby and the 4-year-old were treated at a Syracuse hospital for minor injuries.

Police say the boat owner faces tickets for having a trailer that hadn’t been inspected or registered.

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