SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – State Police have confirmed that two people are dead after an accident on the New York State Thruway late Friday evening.
According to authorities, on July Fourth, shortly before midnight, Troopers responded to a report of a serious multi-vehicle accident on I-90 between Exits 24 and 25 westbound.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a 2004 Volkswagen, was traveling west on I-90 carrying two passengers. Authorities say the driver has been identified as Tyler Pascuzzi, 24.
Police say that the Volkswagen was in the center lane and it was reported to be traveling at a high rate of speed when it struck a 2003 Honda Civic, driven by Brian Miller, 29. Police say Miller lost control, struck the center guide rail, and came to rest.
State Police say the Volkswagen began to spin and continued west, striking an Old Dominion Freight Lines tractor trailer. As the Volkswagen struck the trailer, the vehicle split into two pieces.
The two passengers of Volkswagen, 23-year-old Cody Veverka and 24-year-old Alicia Tamboia, were ejected from the vehicle. Police say they were both pronounced deceased at the scene.
Pascuzzi and Miller were transported to Albany Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.
A fourth vehicle was traveling west behind the accident and struck parts of the Volkswagen, causing damage to the car. However, police say the fourth driver was uninjured.
According to police, no charges have been filed at this time. However, they do say the investigation is ongoing.
The left lane remains closed at the accident scene. The right and center lanes reopened on Saturday morning. It is suggested that motorists find alternate routes to avoid delays on Saturday.