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Police: 1 driver was off-duty cop

2 dead in NYS Thruway crash

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The driver of a truck going the wrong way on the New York State Thruway, causing a head-on collision that killed him and another driver was an off-duty NYPD officer, according to the State Police.

Richard E. Christopher, 32, of Suffern, drove a 2002 Dodge Dakota southbound in a northbound lane of Interstate 87 and slammed into a 2003 Honda CRV driven by James B. DeVito, 59, of Airmont, N.Y., just before 7 a.m. Tuesday just before Exit 15 in Suffern, police said. Both men died at the scene, police said.

All northbound lanes of the Thruway were closed in Suffern for several hours. Two lanes reopened at about 10 a.m. Significant delays as a result of the closures lasted a long time.

Video from SkyFoxHD at about 8:45 a.m. showed at least two mangled vehicles. Several emergency vehicles surrounded the damaged cars.

All traffic was forced to exit at 14B.

The State Police is investigating the crash. At this time, authorities do not know why Christopher entered the highway going the wrong way. Police are asking anyone with any information about the crash to call investigators at 845-364-0200.

The Journal News reported that this was the third wrong-way driving incident on area roads in the past month.

On July 16, a Bronx resident was charged with driving while intoxicated after a head-on, wrong-way crash on the Saw Mill River Parkway.

Days earlier, authorities say a Connecticut man drove the wrong way on Interstate 684 before being stopped by state police in North Salem, N.Y. The charges against him include driving while intoxicated.

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