New Jersey-Bound Lincoln Tunnel Temporarily Shut Down After Truck Crash

By Alan Neuhauser on July 12, 2012 9:11am 

A motor vehicle collision closed the New Jersey-bound side of the Lincoln Tunnel Thursday morning, July 12, 2012, the Port Authority said.
A motor vehicle collision closed the New Jersey-bound side of the Lincoln Tunnel Thursday morning, July 12, 2012, the Port Authority said.
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NEW YORK — A truck crash in the New Jersery-bound lanes of the Lincoln Tunnel Thursday morning led to the temporary closure of the tube at the height of Thursday morning's rush hour, causing hour-long delays, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey said.

An 18-wheeler's trailer separated from its cab and slammed into a wall as the truck drove through the tunnel's North Tube about 7:15 a.m., Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman said.

No one was injured, and the crash caused minor damage to the tunnel, he added.

The city's Office of Emergency Management tweeted that the tunnel reopened about 8:30 a.m.

The tunnel had been closed for about 50 minutes as emergency crews removed the trailer. Drivers in and around the North Tube experienced delays of up to an hour.

Starting at 8:05 a.m., buses were allowed through the North Tube to clear a backlog at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Buses were experiencing 40-minute delays as of 8:30 a.m.

Outbound cars were being diverted south to the Holland Tunnel, which was not experiencing delays, according to Navteq's Traffic.com.

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