On September 4, 2023, at approximately 7:43 p.m., State Police members were responding to a wrong-way motorist on Interstate 87, in the town of Lewis, Essex County.
A preliminary investigation determined the Troopers were attempting to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle, when the operator failed to comply, resulting in a pursuit. The operator of the vehicle was traveling northbound in the southbound lane on Interstate 87 in the town of Lewis. The pursuit came to an end when the operator of the vehicle struck a vehicle head-on, resulting in serious injuries to individuals in both vehicles and one fatality.
Southbound lanes are closed between exit 33 and 32. A traffic diversion is in place at exit 33 while accident reconstruction, vehicle recovery, and clean-up efforts take place.
State Police are being assisted at the scene by Troop B BCI, Troop B CRU (Collision Reconstruction Unit), Essex County Sheriff’s department and multiple local fire and rescue departments.
The crash remains under investigation.