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The accidents happened as light, freezing rain fell across the region, paralyzing traffic, suspending transit service and delaying flights for several hours.
The fatal crashes happened in Westchester County and East Rutherford, NJ.
“One person was killed this morning about 6:30 a.m. in a crash on the ramp connecting the E/B Cross County Parkway to the N/B Bronx River Parkway,” Westchester County police tweeted shortly before 9 a.m. “That ramp will remain closed for several hours as a result of the ongoing accident investigation.”
The other fatality happened on westbound Route 3 near the Hackensack River Bridge in East Rutherford.
Westbound Route 3 remained shut down amid an investigation.
The deadly crash in Westchester County was one of at least 300 crashes in the county, said County Executive George Latimer.
In Elmsford, a 20-car crash closed westbound Interstate 287 at Route 9A.
And in Pelham, nearly three dozen vehicles were involved in a pileup that shut down the Hutchinson River Parkway near Pelhamdale Avenue.
No serious injuries were reported in either incident.
As word of the crashes came in, the county suspended service on its Bee-Line buses and Para-Transit.
“The safety of our riders and operators is a high priority,” said in a statement. “We will monitor road conditions and service will resume once conditions improve.”
Bee-Line and Para-Transit service resumed at 10 a.m.
Still treacherous out there. Avoid driving if possible. Updates: Saw Mill parkway closed S/B at Roaring Brook Road, Chappaqua. N/B Hutch still experiencing significant delays in Pelham from earlier multi-vehicle crash. Ramp from E/B CCP to N/B Bronx River Parkway is closed. pic.twitter.com/jYj47RZQYt
— Westchester County PD (@WCPDNY) January 5, 2022
In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy said state police responded to 170 accidents and provided assistance to more than 50 additional motorists, while local police departments responded to hundreds of similar calls.
“Stay off the roads if you can,” Murphy tweeted amidst the chaos, urging motorists to follow @readyNJ on Twitter for updates.
Multiple accidents closed the Pulaski Skyway in both directions just after 6 a.m.
Crews are clearing multiple crashes on the Pulaski Highway in both directions. Please avoid the area and plan an alternate route.
— NJDOT (@NewJerseyDOT) January 5, 2022
Two Newark police officers directing traffic at the closure at Raymond Boulevard were injured.
They were taken to University Hospital in Newark with injuries described as “significant,” but were both in stable condition.
Crashes closed northbound Route 21 in Belleville and northbound truck Routes 1 & 9 in Jersey City.
Shortly after 7 a.m., South Brunswick Police tweeted “severe icing, 24 crashes in the past hour, dozens of roads totally impassable. Avoid travel for the next 3 hours.”
In Teaneck, police responded to 28 crashes, 6 medical calls and a disabled vehicle, all in the space of 3 and a half hours.
The most serious crash was at Teaneck Road and Tryon Avenue, where a NJ Transit bus carrying 10 passengers lost control due to icy conditions and hit a tree.
Six passengers were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
The icy conditions also impeded operations at area airports still recovering from a post-holiday travel crush complicated by the COVID surge.
There was a ground stop at Newark Airport and hour-long delays at LaGuardia Airport.
And in Connecticut, Greenwich police tweeted, “Severe icing throughout town. Numerous stuck vehicles and accidents. Highway department has a full deployment of trucks on the road.”
Accidents were also reported in New York City, with crashes blocking all lanes on the westbound Goethals Bridge and westbound Staten Island Expressway.
And Citizen app video showed the aftermath of a multi-car crash into a pole in the Woodlawn section of the Bronx.
Other ice-related crashes reported in New Jersey:
-Route 22 west near Bloy Street
-Route 22 east near the Garden State Parkway
-Route 22 east at Springfield Road
-Route 34 both ways at Springhill Road – all lanes closed
Other ice-related crashes reported in New York:
-Williamsburg Bridge – Manhattan-bound side
-I-287 west of exit 9 – multiple accidents
-I-287 at exit 8W – overturned truck
-I-684 south near exit 3 – multiple crashes
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