12 injured after truck overturns in NJ near Lincoln Tunnel, creating havoc during pre-holiday rush

Samantha Liebman
July 03, 2019 - 2:02 pm



NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A Union City Department of Public Works truck overturned in the westbound lanes of Route 495 in Union City, New Jersey, near the Lincoln Tunnel Wednesday afternoon, prompting the closure of the outbound (New Jersey-bound) lanes of the Lincoln Tunnel and the suspension of service from the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Officials said 12 people were injured, but there were no fatalities. 

The Lincoln Tunnel was opened shortly after 7 p.m. "The Lincoln Tunnel to NJ has reopened to all traffic. The crash on NJ-495 has cleared. There are residual delays," read a tweet from the Port Authority.

"Traffic at the Lincoln Tunnel to NJ is being held due to a crash on NJ-495 with the exception of vehicles exiting the bus terminal. Use GWB or Holland," read a tweet from the Lincoln Tunnel page at 4:05 p.m.

NJ-495 was closed at Palisade Avenue because of the crash. 

The Port Authority Bus Terminal informed commuters,"Due to motor vehicle accident on NJ 495 West, all bus service from the PA Bus Term is suspended until further notice. NJ Transit Rail, PATH, and NY Waterways are cross-honoring for bus passengers." But some service resumed at 4:30 p.m.

NJ Transit tweeted, "Bus service to/from PABT is subject to delays of up to 30 minutes and NJ TRANSIT bus tickets and passes are being cross honored on NJ TRANSIT Rail, New York Waterway and PATH at Hoboken, Journal Square and 33rd Street, NY due to a truck accident on Rt. 495 westbound."

Hoboken Chief of Police Ken Ferrante tweeted, "Due to major traffic crash on Route 495 in Union City, 495 is closed in both directions until further notice. Expect heavy delays in the north end of ⁦‪@CityofHoboken‬⁩ on the heaviest travel day of the summer. ⁦‪@HobokenPD‬⁩ Traffic bureau is heading to north end to start traffic duty."

The accident happened shortly after 1:00 p.m.

The truck was overturned on the side of the highway, forcing back-ups of traffic.