RFK Bridge reopens, nothing found in van

A suspicious vehicle shut down the RFK Bridge for about an hour and half on Wednesday night May 5, 2010. The NYPD, bomb squad, and hazmat teams found nothing dangerous inside the vehicle.

May 5, 2010 10:23:27 PM PDT
The RFK, also known as the Triborough Bridge, was shut down in both directions Wednesday night due to an abandoned rental truck.Police say a UHaul truck with Arizona license plates on the Manhattan span of the bridge was found abandoned on the bridge around 10pm.

New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said a worker on the bridge that connects the New York City boroughs of Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx found the vehicle apparently smelling of gas.

Witnesses say they saw a dark skinned male, wearing dark clothing and carrying a white bag fleeing from the vehicle.

When officials first checked the vehicle, they say the keys were still in the ignition.

Police say the bomb squad and Hazmat teams cut a hole in the side of the moving van and found nothing inside.

The bridge was slowly beginning to reopen around 12:30am Thursday morning.

Officials towed the vehicle away to fully examine it.


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