2 were reportedly killed, 9 injured in an accident that closed Highway 17

Two people are believed to have died, two fighting for their lives and seven others injured in an accident that closed Highway 17 in the Hudson Valley.

New York State Police are investigating a fatal crash on State Route 17 near Sands Road between exits 118 and 119 in the town of Wallkill. The public were told to avoid the area while police investigated.

“Road closure: Fatal accident on NY 17, both E / W roads closed at exit 119 – NY 302 (Wallkill) T / Wallkill – Orange Co,” a NY-Alert said at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Orange County NY Fire Calls said the accident involved a rollover, with some trapped in the vehicle and others thrown from the vehicle.

Police only confirmed the number of people killed in the crash, but confirmed it was a fatal crash. Sources tell the Hudson Valley Post two people have died, two more are fighting for their lives and seven others have been injured.

State Route 17 was closed in both directions around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. At 0140, the westbound lanes were open, but the eastbound lanes remained blocked. Officials told drivers to expect delays and find an alternate route.

All lanes were reopened at 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

The crash involved two vehicles, a Ford Escape and a Toyota Sienna, traveling eastbound, police said. State Police are asking any witnesses who may have observed the crash or anyone with information to contact Troop F, Middletown Barracks at (845) 344-5300.

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