George Washington Bridge reopens after truck wreck

FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) - Authorities have identified the driver killed in a crash that closed the upper level of the George Washington Bridge into New York City.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Joe Pentangelo says 59-year-old Joao Daponta, of North Plainfield, New Jersey, died when two tractor-trailers crashed on the bridge's upper level and became wedged together shortly after 2 a.m. on Thursday.

Port Authority Police Capt. Ron Shindel says the driver in the lead truck was emotionally shaken and was taken to a hospital for evaluation of minor injuries.

Officials reopened one New York-bound upper lane several hours after the crash. But the other eastbound upper-level lanes remain closed until 11:30 a.m. while officials removed the victim's body and separated the trucks.

The wreck caused a domino effect with traffic backed up for miles and for hours along alternate routes.


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