Thursday, June 12, 2014
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.