STATEN ISLAND, New York —SILIVE.com reported two Federal Express delivery trucks collided Wednesday, June 19, 2019, around 4:00 a.m. The collision caused traffic delays during the height of the morning rush hour as authorities were forced to close the Outerbridge Crossing eastbound to investigate the cause of the crash and clear debris from the scene. Initial reports concerning the crash said that no one sustained any injuries in the accident. Port Authority officials believe at this time that the two FedEx trucks were too wide to ride side-by-side with each other and collided. The final report into the cause of the crash is still pending at this time.
Two FedEx trucks that bumped one another around 4:15 a.m. on the Outerbridge Crossing eastbound caused a massive ripple-effect of traffic jams across Staten Island. Authorities were not able to open the bridge until around 7:00 a.m. As a result of the crash that happened near the middle of the bridge, authorities diverted vehicles to Goethals Bridge. The detour caused traffic to back up on Staten Island and in New Jersey.
The effects of the road closure were felt across the region as well. The Staten Island Expressway heading into Brooklyn ground to a halt from excessive traffic overflow from drivers who would routinely take the Outerbridge. Traffic reports noted that cars backed up on the Staten Island Expressway as far as the Goethals Bridge and the West Shore Expressway. MTA buses could not run on time because of the traffic delays because residual traffic jams delayed commuters even after authorities cleared debris from the bridge.
A SILIVE.com reporter sought comment from FedEx about the accident. No representative contacted the media outlet to comment on the situation.
Construction work was scheduled to take place on the Staten Island-bound side of the Outerbridge Crossing at the time of the crash.
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