Crash backs up George Washington Bridge traffic

This image provided by the New Jersey Department of Transportation shows the traffic backup at 5:56 a.m. EDT Thursday June 12, 2014 following a fatal accident that has closed the upper level into New York City on the George Washington Bridge. This camera is located on Route 4 at the I-95 approach to the George Washington Bridge. The Port Authority says that the trucks crashed shortly before 2:30 a.m. Thursday closing the upper level into New York City on the GWB. (AP Photo/NJ DOT)

FORT LEE, N.J. (AP) — Traffic heading from northern New Jersey into New York City remains a mess hours after a fatal crash on the upper level of the George Washington Bridge.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Rudy King says two tractor-trailers crashed and became wedged shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday. King says one of the truck drivers died and the other was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Officials reopened one eastbound upper lane several hours later. But the other three lanes remain closed while officials remove the victim's body and work to separate the trucks.

The bridge's lower lanes and westbound lanes are open, but drivers are warned to expect major delays around the Fort Lee toll plaza.

The wreck caused a domino effect, with traffic backed up for miles along alternate routes.