Truck fire shuts down BQE

October 6, 2008 6:08:37 PM PDT
A truck accident shut down the BQE for nearly six hours on Monday.The truck crashed into a guard rail on the eastbound Brooklyn Queens Expressway, approaching the Brooklyn Bridge, at around 1:15 p.m.

The force of the crash caused a fire that spewed a heavy plume of smoke into the sky.

The heavy smoke caused delays for firefighters responding to the scene.

The fire was put out, and no flammable materials were believed to be involved in the blaze. No injuries were reported.

The roadway was closed in both directions as crews examined the structural integrity of the roadway and the guard rail.

One westbound lane reopened shortly after 5:00 p.m. The other lanes on both sides of the highway reopened around 7:00 p.m.

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