Four hurt in major multi-vehicle wreck on Gowanus Expressway

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Four people were hurt in a violent multi-vehicle crash involving a tractor trailer that crushed a sedan on the Gowanus Expressway Thursday morning, authorities said.

The crash happened about 6:30 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the expressway near 66th Street. All outbound lanes were closed, sparking traffic to be backed up as far as the Verrazano Bridge, across the span and into Staten Island.

By 8:30 a.m., the crash was cleared and the roadway was reopened with residual delays.

A tractor trailer and at least two other cars were involved in the crash. It appears one of those vehicles came to rest on its front grill with its back end sticking up in the air, according to aerial footage of the scene.

An FDNY spokesperson said four people were hurt -- one suffered serious injuries, while the other three victims suffered minor injuries.

Because of the wreck all westbound lanes of the Gowanus Expressway are closed past Exit 22, by the Belt Split, officials said. Emergency responders are blocking the eastbound HOV lane.

Drivers leaving Staten Island were advised to travel through Bayonne and use the Holland Tunnel to get into the city.

From the Verrazano, drivers can exit to 92nd Street, head down on Forth Hamilton Parkway and Fourth Avenue to Shore Parkway.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

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