Traffic Backed Up for Miles After Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Crash

Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014  |  Updated 12:09 PM EDT
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Traffic Backed Up for Miles After BQE Crash

Two people were hurt, one of them seriously, and traffic was snarled for miles Wednesday morning after a box truck overturned on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway near a busy exit, officials say.

The truck crashed on the expressway near the Atlantic Avenue exit at about 5 a.m., according to the NYPD. Firefighters said some fuel was spilled in the wreck, and crews are working to clean it up.

The expressway’s eastbound lanes were shut down following the crash, along with two westbound. Eastbound traffic was at a standstill as far back as 65th Street in Bay Ridge, about 6 miles away. Westbound traffic was also at a crawl, and cars were traveling slowly over the Brooklyn Bridge.

Traffic was being diverted at Fort Hamilton Parkway.

It’s not clear what caused the crash.

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