Two people dead in Thruway crash

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GUILDERLAND – Traffic is moving again on the Thruway after a deadly crash closed a section of the highway for hours.

State police say the crash happened around 8 a.m. Wednesday between Exits 24 and 25.

They say an Amazon tractor-trailer driver, 53-year-old Larousse Desrosiers, of Boston, hit five cars. It appears that the Amazon tractor-trailer also caught on fire.

Police confirm two people were killed: Brian Harper, 33, of Rotterdam and the driver of one of the cars, whose name hasn’t been released yet.

Another person, 50-year-old James Fox of Virginia Beach, is in critical condition at Albany Medical Center.

The other victims all have non-life threatening injuries.

The eastbound lanes between Exits 24 and 25 and the left lane on the westbound side were shut down after the crash. All lanes were reopened by 2:30 p.m.

Amazon released the following statement:

"We’re deeply saddened by this incident, and our sympathies are with the victims, their families and loved ones during this difficult time. We’re working with the carrier provider and local law enforcement as they investigate the crash."

The cause of the crash remains under investigation, but police don’t think the driver of the Amazon tractor-trailer was impaired.