Fatal Crash on the George Washington Bridge Causes Three Hour Delays


There were major traffic problems in Fort Lee, New Jersey on Thursday morning–Manhattan-bound lanes on the busiest bridge in North America were closed for hours due for an crash investigation.

The upper level of the bridge was shut down early Tuesday morning after two 18-wheelers collided just after 2 a.m. One driver was killed, the other was taken to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, a Port Authority spokesman said in a statement. The police investigation was still underway on Thursday morning, and neither of the drivers’ names were available. (We’ll update as more information becomes available.)

At 6:56, the Fort Lee, New Jersey police confirmed that one lane of the upper level was open, but traffic was still backed up for miles.

Three-hour delays were expected on the upper level bridge at the start of rush hour, with back-ups reverberating on alternate routes as well–it would take an estimated 2 hours for the Lincoln Tunnel, 90 minutes for the lower level of the bridge, and 40 minutes to get through the Holland Tunnel. Because of the delays New Jersey Transit announced bus passes would be honored on trains to and from Penn Station.

There were no delays expected on the Hudson River though, as New York Waterway helpfully reminded commuters: