NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A deadly crash caused heavy traffic delays in Queens Wednesday morning.

It happened on the southbound Van Wyck Expressway just south of Jewel Avenue.

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A 2012 Acura was headed south on the Van Wyck near 73rd Avenue at an apparent high rate of speed, when it slammed into the rear of a 2005 Kenworth semi-trailer truck being driven by a 53-year-old man, police said.

The driver of the Acura – Tarik Williamson, 45, of Waterbury, Connecticut – was killed in the crash, police said.

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Police are investigating.


At one point, all southbound lanes were closed between Jewel Avenue and Union Turnpike, with delays stretching beyond the Long Island Expressway.

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