New York State Police said an eastbound passenger vehicle crossed the median and entered the westbound lanes on the highway. The vehicle then hit a tractor-trailer causing the rig became fully engulfed in flames, Sgt. Steven F. Casabella told Democrat & Chronicle. Several others vehicles were also hit.
A total of six vehicles were involved including the tractor-trailer, Democrat & Chronicle reported.
The two people killed in the crash were from Batavia and Darien, of Genesee County, according to police. Investigators didn’t say which vehicles the two deceased were in and also didn’t disclose the type of injuries the other people suffered. Police only said the injuries ranged from minor to critical.
Police told Democrat & Chronicle, one motorist was taken to Strong Memorial with serious, but non life-threatening injuries.
The crash happened near mile marker 355, close to the West Bloomfield Road overpass.
A witness who pulled to the side of the road and called 911 said an ambulance arrived quickly. He described the wreck as “unbelievable” to Democrat & Chronicle.
The scene was a nightmare to clear as it forced the closure of Westbound lanes of the Thruway. Crews had to tow damaged vehicles and remove the mashed remnants of a guardrail. The lane remained closed for about six hours and reopened early Tuesday, police said. The closure also resulted in slow traffic through the eastbound lane.
Further details about the cause of the crash or any factors that may have contributed it were not released. Members of the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Collision Reconstruction Units continued the investigation through the morning.