2006_09_gwb.jpgAround 1:30AM this morning, a 1-800-Mattress truck crashed into a tractor-trailer on the inbound upper level of the George Washington Bridge. WABC 7 reported that the "rig portion of the mattress truck was crushed by the force of the crash," and the two people in the rig were killed. The accident caused hours of delays; the bridge is open now, but trucks can only use the upper level to cross into the city.

1-800-Mattress (leave off the last "S" for savings) was founded in Queens by Ecuadoran immigrant Napoleon Barragan, who first advertised his company in the Village Voice. This has been a sad year for the company - this past summer, his son and the president of the company, Luis Barragan, died in a swimming accident.