A fatal truck crash on the George Washington Bridge caused extensive traffic delays on Thursday. Credit: Getty Images
A truck carrying appliances crashed into another transporting poultry, killing a driver and causing extensive traffic delays into New York City on Thursday morning, authorities said.
The two tractor-trailers heading into Manhattan crashed just after 2 a.m. on the bi-level of the bridge's upper deck, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
The rear truck was wedged under the other vehicle's trailer, killing the driver, officials said. The other truck driver suffered minor injuries.
One eastbound upper lane was opened a few hours after the crash, but vehicles crawled in the bridge's lower level. Most eastbound lanes were closed for roughly nine hours while officials cleared the bridge, Port Authority spokeswoman Erica Dumas said.
"These were 53-foot trailers on tractors," Dumas said. "It's not easy moving those vehicles. We had to get special equipment to pry them apart."
One of the busiest bridges in the world, roughly 300,000 vehicles a day -- east and westbound combined -- pass through the George Washington Bridge every day. So far this year, there have been 814 total accidents on the bridge, 297 of them involving trucks.
The identity of the deceased driver was not immediately released. The cause of the crash is under investigation.