MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - An early morning fatal accident on Sunday closed Route 22 in both directions in Mountainside. The highway reopened just before 11 a.m. with one lane closed while State DPW removes affected tree, according to reports. 

Mountainside Police responded to several calls of a car fire on Route 22 East near the intersection of the Parkway at approximately 4:45 a.m. "Further investigation revealed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed left the roadway and struck a tree in the center aisle of Route 22 near the State DOT yard," said Mountainside Police Chief Joseph Giannuzzi in a press release. "The vehicle caught on fire upon impact."

"One female occupant was ejected and pronounced dead at the scene. A second victim, believed to be a male drive, was trapped in the vehicle when it caught fire and burned. He was pronounced dead at the scene," said Chief Giannuzzi.

At the present time both victims remain unidentified. Mountainside Police are actively investigating the crash and attempt to identify the victims and make notification to their families.