It happened around 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
Video from NewsCopter 7 showed an extensive crash scene.
A pickup truck, which was towing a trailer containing livestock, rear-ended a tanker hauling dry cement that was stopped in the right lanes.
No serious injuries were reported. But the pickup truck sustained heavy damage and spilled some fuel.
Verrazzano Bridge: Brooklyn-bound upper level closed as crews try to clear a huge accident. All traffic is forced to the lower level. Staten Island Expressway is jammed with alternate volume. #abc7NY Thanks for the pic ⬇️ https://t.co/Wx2vnEVwWj
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Eyewitness News is told some livestock may have escaped from the trailer and got loose on the highway as well.
The spill and livestock issue were complicating the cleanup.
All upper Brooklyn-bound lanes remained shut down more than four hours after the collision.
Motorists were advised to seek alternate routes.
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