MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - An early morning fatal accident on Sunday closed Route 22 in both directions in Mountainside. The highway reopened just before 11:00 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.

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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. 

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