Tie-up up on Van Wyck Expressway

February 29, 2008 3:01:50 PM PST
Multiple crashes on the northbound Van Wyck Expressway caused major traffic backups in the Kew Gardens Hills section of Queens Friday morning. Officials say the crashes in the northbound lanes, at Jewel Avenue, closed the highway for an hour just before 10:30 a.m.

The left lane was open at around 11:45 a.m., and traffic started slowly moving through the area.

Police say a large amount of fuel spilled onto the roadway during the crashes caused DOT crews to close the lanes for cleanup.

No serious injuries were reported in the crashes, which are under investigation.