Two Brooklyn Teens Killed in Conn. Crash

11 people were in the van which was en route to a yeshiva in Waterbury

By Bob Connors
|  Monday, Nov 7, 2011  |  Updated 10:09 AM EDT
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Two Brooklyn Teens Killed in Conn. Crash

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Two teens were killed in a van that rolled over on I-84 eastbound in Danbury Monday morning.

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Two Brooklyn teenagers were killed in an early morning crash on I-84 in Danbury, Conn. on Monday.

The victims were in a van that rolled over on the eastbound side of I-84 between exits 2 and 3 at 12:15 a.m.

Eli Schonbron 16, and Dani King, 15, both of Brooklyn, were pronounced dead on the scene, according to state police.

The van was carrying students from New York City to Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel in Waterbury, according to Vos Iz Neias?, an online news source for the Orthodox Jewish Community in New York.

Yeshiva Ateres Shmuel is a school of 400 students from kindergarten through graduate studies, and attracts students from around the world,  according to the school's web site.

There were 11 people in the van when it rolled over, according to state police.  Some had to be extricated and were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The driver, Elimelech Sperling, 21, of Brooklyn, New York, was not seriously injured, police said.

The highway was closed for several hours. Police reopened all lanes of I-84 east around 7 a.m.

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