One Driver Dead in Multi-Car Crash in Brooklyn Bridge [Updated]

Aftermath of the crash. Photo: Gersh Kuntzman
Aftermath of the crash. Photo: Gersh Kuntzman

One driver was killed in a fiery multi-car crash this morning on the Brooklyn-bound car lanes of the Brooklyn Bridge that injured five in all, police said.

The collision caused at least three of the cars to ignite. FDNY said it put out the blaze within 45 minutes of the 7:15 crash. There may have been as many as four cars involved, WABC7 reported.

The crash shut down the span for more than an hour on Wednesday morning, but Manhattan-bound lanes were reopened by 8:45 a.m.

The bike and pedestrian path remained closed as of 10 a.m. A spokesman for the Department of Transportation said the path was “not affected.”

“There is no visible structural damage noted at this time,” said spokesman Brian Zumhagen.

The bridge will be inspected once the NYPD reopens the Brooklyn-bound lanes, he added.

Here’s one more Streetsblog pic:

Brooklyn Bridge crash

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

  • NYCyclist

    A dangerous explosion!! We need bollards surrounding the entire bridge, pronto!

  • MatthewEH

    Damned bike lanes

  • Joe R.

    The irony is if gasoline wasn’t already “grandfathered in”, so to speak, under today’s standards it likely would be banned from common use as a dangerous substance. A lot of things which are far less flammable are much more highly regulated. NYC needs to ban everything except electric vehicles within the next 5 to 10 years.

  • com63

    This was a dry run for El Chapo’s escape plan.

  • Komanoff

    good one!

  • Daphna

    The bike and pedestrian path was still closed as of 10am even though a NYC DOT spokesman said the path was “not affected”, yet the road lanes were re-opened by 8:45am. There is always an effort to minimize the time motor vehicles lanes are closed but no equal concern for bike and pedestrian lanes.