A crash on the Van Wyck Expressway, near Flushing Meadows Corona Park, has left one person dead as well as backed up traffic, with the authorities closing the southbound lanes.
The incident occurred before 5 a.m.; WABC 7 reports, "One person was killed when a car slammed into the rear of a tractor-trailer." It's believed the car's driver died.
— Alex Denis (@AlexDenisTV) December 16, 2015
Some traffic is being let through one lane, but motorists are urged to find alternate routes:
Due to a vehicle collision, all southbound lanes of the Van Wyck Expressway are closed at 73rd Avenue in Queens. Consider alternate routes.
— NYCEM - Notify NYC (@NotifyNYC) December 16, 2015
Southbound lanes of Van Wyck remain closed due to serious accident. pic.twitter.com/GFJEsGWxt5
— Fox5NY (@fox5ny) December 16, 2015