One person died and five were injured in a fiery multi-vehicle crash on the Brooklyn Bridge Wednesday morning, according to the FDNY.
The two cars were traveling on the Brooklyn-bound side of the bridge around 7:15 a.m. when a crash with another vehicle caused them to spin out of control, a spokesman for the New York Fire Department said in a statement.
Five suffered minor injuries and one died.
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Huge car fire at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge pic.twitter.com/JNqx2qhr8n
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In the middle of the morning rush hour, the bridge was shut down in both directions causing extensive traffic delays throughout lower Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Firefighters extinguished the flames shortly after 8 a.m. had searched the cars for more victims, the spokesman said. The Manhattan-bound lanes on the bridge were reopened around 8:30 a.m., but the other side remained closed.
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The Brooklyn-bound side opened about two hours later.