May 5th, 2010
11:45 PM ET

New York bridge to reopen after U-Haul scare

New York authorities have determined that a moving truck abandoned on the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, formerly known as Triborough Bridge, did not pose a threat.

Police closed off the bridge for about two hours on both directions after being made aware of the incident shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday.

The department's bomb squad was called to the scene after a toll booth operator who approached the U-Haul truck smelled a strong odor of gasoline, said Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne.

The truck, with Arizona license plates, was headed to Manhattan from the Bronx when the driver abandoned it about 1,000 feet from a toll booth - and ran off, witnesses told police.

The bridge earned its former name - Triborough - because it connects three of New York's five boroughs: Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.

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  1. mc

    Thanks for info on AZ plates – posters provide more info than reporters.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. karen

    i love how everyone always puts blame on one group ... real mature ,,,

    May 6, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. The Q

    The people on here who say that every is just jumping to conclusions, need to be put on watch-lists. I am not kidding.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jeremy

    All U-Haul trucks have Arizona license plates

    May 6, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jerry

    I think we give these terrorists too much credit. I doubt this was an attempt at a terrorist attack.

    What I would like to know is why the government is pouring billions of dollars into our intelligence agencies, and we weren't able to intercept this guy. Its not like they don't have unlimited resources to use to protect us! Why do we have to wait until he fails, or, God forbid, he succeeds and kills hundreds of people?

    May 6, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Greg

    Arizona plates... Wait don't all Uhauls have Arizona plates, I think so...

    May 6, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Adam

    lol The NYPD has already stated there is no bomb and is in the process of reopening the bridge. Yawn. Goodnight.

    Oh, and VIVA LOS SUNS!

    May 6, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. red

    phew, just a false alarm.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. wilmer

    JWBURNEY " I think terrorists have a field day with the fact that we jump at every shadow of a bomb threat. Not that its not necessary for us to do so but I'm sure they enjoy watching us squirm.I really hope this was just a truck and not another attempt."

    Man, shut the hell up! dumb as terrorist aint enjoying sqaut with these failed attempts. people doing the right thing and being cautious cause you can never know wheter its an act of terror or just some ticked off american who's angry at the system. we need to encourage people to keep an eye out and take all necessary precautions. god bless america!

    May 6, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Ron

    Too bad I don't have access anymore, If I had the plate number I could tell you everything about why that truck is there and who rented it.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Observer

    dany,

    Guess again. They are going to open the bridge and your paranoia was unjustified.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. 007 Got Cha

    Damn rag heads...off with all their heads!

    May 6, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Omar

    Not another one please!! Do feel so bad for the people of NYC who must deal with this. Especially to happen to one of the most colorful and beautiful cities in the world.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. jarjar78

    here comes another national wave of paranoia.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. mc

    Reopening bridge – great. I'll sleep well. Goodnight.

    May 6, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
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