Fire, Huge Flames and Black Smoke On Queensboro Bridge Right Above Roosevelt Island Earlier This Morning
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There was a fire on the Queensboro Bridge right above Roosevelt Island this morning. According to WABC 7News:
A smokey truck fire halted traffic on the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge Friday morning.
The vehicle is burning on the outbound lower level of the 59th Street Bridge. The first 911 call came in just after 11 a.m.
Black plumes of smoke were seen rising over the bridge....
FRIGHTENING FIRE *Queensboro Bridge in NY *Big rig *Some lanes shutdown (WATCH) http://t.co/7ZaBUPvoum @GaboNYC pic.twitter.com/8LBtX9eZSmRoosevelt Island resident Mary Kay Gisel reports:
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... when walking my dog. I was near the Octagon, however the flames were so big that I thought it was coming from the Citi building or a building on the island. Lots of black smoke....Resident Bernadette adds:
It was a truck fire. I saw it with my binoculars from the Octagon.Others recounted hearing a loud bang then looking up and seeing the fire on the Queensboro Bridge
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Queensboro bridge blaze appears to be out after truck caught fire earlier #nyc pic.twitter.com/QdyqTOWZI5 pic.twitter.com/RR6kz9r1De
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According to Pix 11's Greg Mocker:
... FDNY Deputy Chief Roger Sakowich says three occupants in the truck noticed smoke coming from the cab and got out just before the diesel tanks exploded around 11 a.m.CBS New York adds:
A driver who was in a Queens-bound lane when the truck fire erupted described an “explosion” sound on the span just before plumes of smoke engulfed the scene.
“The bridge was shaking and we just ran out of the car,” said one witness, who did not want to be identified....
...The 40-foot tractor trailer burst into flames on the outbound lower level of the bridge around 11 a.m. The fire was put out around 11:40 a.m. No injuries were reported....Huge traffic delays on the Bridge but no service interruption on the Roosevelt Island Tram reported.
UPDATE 8:50 PM - Wilvin Falcon shares these pictures of today's Queensboro Bridge fire as seen from Roosevelt Island
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