Fatal truck crash backs up George Washington bridge traffic; Lanes reopen after 9 hours

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This image provided by the New Jersey Department of Transportation shows the traffic backup at 5:56 a.m. EDT Thursday June 12, 2014 following a fatal accident that has closed the upper level into New York City on the George Washington Bridge. This camera is located on Route 4 at the I-95 approach to the George Washington Bridge. The Port Authority says that the trucks crashed shortly before 2:30 a.m. Thursday closing the upper level into New York City on the GWB. (AP Photo/NJ DOT)

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FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — The George Washington Bridge is fully reopened more than nine hours after a fatal crash snarled traffic in New York and New Jersey.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Rudy King says two tractor-trailers crashed on the bridge's upper level and became wedged together shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday. King says one of the drivers died and the other was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Officials reopened one New York-bound upper lane several hours later. 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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