Dad’s ‘pain’ after 5 kids from same family die as car in flames following crash

The father of five children killed in a horror car crash has spoken of his "pain" after a vehicle driven by his young son smashed into a tree.

The children, aged between eight and 17, were all from the same Connecticut family and died on a highway in New York state on Sunday morning, police confirmed.

Officers believe a 16-year-old boy was behind the wheel when the vehicle veered off the Scarsdale road before hitting the tree.

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A nine-year-old boy was the only one of six people in the Nissan Rogue to survive the crash, according to a statement provided by Kieran O'Leary, spokesperson for the Westchester County Police Department.

"This is the most painful post I ever had to write in my life," said father Anthony Billips in a Facebook post. "We wouldn't wish this to happen to anyone in this world."

"Lord Jesus I don’t understand why you had to take our babies from us," wrote Nicole Cross – who said her children were killed.

"Please give us the strength Lord God. These kids didn't deserve this like why is this happening please keep my family in your prayers…. don't know what to do or how to handle this God please help us."

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The survivor had been “apparently riding in the rear hatchback/cargo area and escaped out the rear," the statement continued in quotes reported by the Daily Mail.

The boy was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The identities of those killed have not been released but there were four males and one female.

Matt Conway, the superintendent of schools in Derby, Connecticut, said the children were from a family that had recently moved to the area from New York but they had not enrolled in the district at the time of their deaths.

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