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2 crashes snag Lincoln Tunnel traffic

WEEHAWKEN, N.J. — Two crashes Monday caused more trouble for storm-weary ­motorists trying to get in and out of New York, officials said.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said an eight-vehicle crash about 2:30 p.m. closed an outbound tube of the Lincoln Tunnel.

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That was about two hours after the authority had reopened a section of the tunnel that was closed after a 7:15 a.m. crash involving two buses. About 20 people were injured in the earlier accident, including two people with serious injuries.

Nancy Snyder, a spokeswoman for New Jersey Transit, the state public transportation system, said a bus operated by Martz Trailways struck a transit bus carrying 45 passengers from Paramus to the Port ­Authority bus terminal in Manhattan. The buses were traveling in the express lane.

Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico said five people were injured in the afternoon car pileup. The outbound north tube was closed and outbound traffic was diverted to the center tube.

Two weeks after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast, New Jersey Transit is unsure when it will be able to resume full service.

The agency, the largest statewide mass-transit network in the United States, is running reduced schedules on 10 of 12 commuter-rail lines while the other two remain suspended for repairs. James Weinstein, the agency’s executive director, said Monday that he hopes to have the full system functioning within two weeks.

The Oct. 29 storm washed some of the rail system’s 500 miles of tracks, brought down overhead wires, and flooded control points in Hoboken and Kearny.

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