Just before 8:30 a.m., a red BMW entered the center tube of the tunnel at a high speed and crashed into a Mercedes minivan, causing it to slam into the back of a Jitney bus.
The 49-year-old driver of the Mercedes died, but was not identified by the Port Authority. The passenger in the Mercedes went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to Roosevelt Hospital. Two other drivers were treated for minor injuries after also being taken to Roosevelt. All others injured in the incident were treated at the scene.
The delays extended commutes for up to 90 minutes and the center tube was reopened at about 12:15 p.m.