Update (9:00 p.m.): Police announced that one person died as a result of the crash.

Update (2:55 p.m.): The road has been reopened, though there has not been any further information released about the crash by police, or any information on injuries or damage that resulted.

Original Story:

ITHACA, N.Y.—An automobile crash this morning has closed the 700 block of South Meadow Street, near the Ithaca Skate Park, as authorities investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Details are scarce currently, though a Swift911 alert was sent out at 11 a.m. telling the public to avoid the area of 700 block of South Meadow Street and Wood Street, particularly the southbound lane of the 700 block.

Officials at the Ithaca Police Department declined comment as of 1 p.m. Friday afternoon. An official from the Department of Emergency Response said the section of the road was still closed as of 1:20 p.m. Friday afternoon, but did not offer further details as to the nature of the incident.

Those driving in the area were told to use alternative routes. The 700 block of South Meadow Street is exactly at the intersection of Wood Street south of downtown, and includes the Tops Gas Station, the Ithaca Skate Park, Walgreens and an Elmira Savings Bank location in the immediate area.

Matt Butler is the Editor in Chief of The Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.org.