A hit-and-run driver caused a crash early Friday morning that left the Bayonne Bridge closed for hours during the morning rush, and then apparently stole the pickup truck of a good Samaritan who stopped to help, authorities said.
The pickup truck was later found on Staten Island, said Al Della Fave, a Sport Authority spokesman. The driver is still being sought.
Della Fave says a sports utility vehicle was driving on the Bayonne Bridge when it crossed the center line and struck a car around 4 a.m. Friday.
Della Fave says a man and a woman in the car suffered serious lacerations.
After the crash, the bridge was closed for about seven hours.
"There was complete chaos," said Nadia Taylor, a driver who sat in traffic starting at 6:20 a.m. Friday. "We were told it was going to open soon. It was going to open soon. It was going to open soon."
The bridge reopened around 11 a.m., authorities said.