MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ — Two people are dead after one-car crash on Route 22 early Sunday morning, police said. Route 22 was closed in both directions until just before 11 a.m. One lane remained closed while State DPW removed an affected tree, according to reports.

Mountainside Police responded to several calls of a car fire on Route 22 East near the intersection of Parkway at about 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.”

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

Mountainside Police said Sunday they are actively investigating the crash and attempting to identify the victims and make notification to their families.

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