Port Authority told reporters the accident happened at approximately 2:30 a.m. on the upper eastbound lanes of the George Washington Bridge. Two tractor-trailers were involved in the crash. Reports say one truck was rear-ended by the other.
The crash left one driver dead; the other sustained minor injuries. The identities of both drivers have not been released.
All eastbound lanes of the bridge were closed for more than three hours causing massive traffic delays. One eastbound lane was reopened at 6 a.m. but heavy delays still persisted in both directions.
In 2012, fatalities caused by accidents involving large trucks increased by 4 percent from the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Overall, NHTSA estimates 3,921 people were killed and 104,000 people were injured in 2012 in accidents involving large trucks. (NHTSA defines large trucks as those with a gross vehicle weight rating greater than 10,000 pounds.)
About 73% of those killed in large truck accidents in 2012 were occupants of vehicles other than the truck. Another 10% of fatalities were pedestrians, bicyclists or other non-occupants of vehicles.