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Winds Blow Tractor-Trailer From One Side Of GWB To Other

GWB Photo Credit: Jerry DeMarco

FORT LEE, N.J. -- The upper level of the George Washington Bridge remained closed for several hours Wednesday night into Thursday morning after wind gusts blew a tractor-trailer onto its side -- in the opposite lanes.

The rig was headed toward New York City when the winds hit it at 9:15 p.m., the Port Authority's Joseph Pentangelo told Daily Voice.

"The truck landed on the westbound lane [toward New Jersey] facing eastbound," he said.

The driver wasn't injured.

"The westbound roadway will be shutdown for a significant period, given that weather conditions are making all operations difficult and dangerous," Pentangelo said at 11 p.m. Truck were banned from the span until 7 a.m.

Port Authority tunnel and bridge agents uprighted the 18-wheeler, and a private tower handled the rest, Pentangelo said. A minor fuel spill was tended to, he added.

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