CLIFTON - An overnight car accident on Route 3 East left one person dead and another in critical condition.

Two vehicles were involved in the wreck, just past the Bloomfield Avenue exit.

An 80-year-old man from Rutherford was killed when his car was struck by an SUV driving in the opposite direction.

Police are trying to determine why the driver of the SUV, a 44-year-old woman from Nutley was traveling the wrong way. She was thrown from her vehicle during the crash.

One of the cars caught fire as a result of the impact.

The accident is under investigation.