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New York, NY - RFK Bridge Reopens after X-Ray Finds No Explosives in Abandoned Truck

Published on: May 5, 2010 11:15 PM
Last updated on: May 6, 2010 12:07 AM
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New York, NY - A suspicious truck abandoned Wednesday several yards from a toll booth near the Manhattan side of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge turned out to be empty and not a threat, the New York Police Department said.

The bridge reopened for traffic after being closed briefly Wednesday night.

Police spokesman Paul Browne said a bridge authority officer believed he smelled gasoline coming from the truck and he saw a man flee the vehicle.

The NYPD bomb squad and other emergency responders rushed to the scene in a city still jittery from the attempted car bomb attack in Times Square on Saturday.

Police X-rayed the truck and cut a hole in the side and discovered it was empty. They inspected the engine and the undercarriage. “Nothing was found,” Browne said.

The vehicle, described as a U-Haul or Ryder truck, was then moved near the toll plaza. Police were looking to speak to the person who abandoned it. “We don’t know why he fled,” Browne said.

Browne said the truck had been driven from the Bronx, toward Manhattan and the man fled in the direction of Queens.

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Traffic on the bridge resumed around midnight.

The Robert F. Kennedy Bridge formerly was called the Triborough Bridge. It’s a complex of spans connecting Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.



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 May 05, 2010 at 11:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Give it up to Mr. "I'll bet 25 cents it's a white man" Bloomy, Mr. "we are not Jack Bauer" Kelly, Mrs. "the system worked like it should" Big Sis Napalatano, and Mr.. Muslim him self Hussain Obama

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 May 05, 2010 at 11:32 PM Anonymous Says:

They need to check all outgoing flights.

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 May 05, 2010 at 11:33 PM Anonymous Says:

i wonder why a car would smell of gas, i mean since when do you find gasoline in the electric-car era.

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 May 05, 2010 at 11:34 PM obama Says:

stop wasting yo time....we dont have islamic terrorists....just some disgruntled individuals who want to kill americans and jews.

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 May 05, 2010 at 11:34 PM jay Says:

here we go again

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 May 05, 2010 at 11:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Are we going to shut down the bridges and tunnels every time a truck runs out of gas or has mechanical problems. Its like 9/11 all over again.

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 May 05, 2010 at 11:44 PM mtg Says:

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obama Says:

stop wasting yo time....we dont have islamic terrorists....just some disgruntled individuals who want to kill americans and jews.

And u knw that how????

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 May 05, 2010 at 11:46 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Are we going to shut down the bridges and tunnels every time a truck runs out of gas or has mechanical problems. Its like 9/11 all over again.

B"H
someone should tell bridge people or cops if they r leaving vehicle in middle of bridge.... can't just walk away and figure u will come bacck tomorrow to jump start it....

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 May 05, 2010 at 11:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Maybe its some illegal immigrant who escaped Arizona!!

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 May 05, 2010 at 11:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Why would it smell like gas if it's out of gas?

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 May 06, 2010 at 12:01 AM Anonymous Says:

So much for security at bridges and tunnels. Where the heavens are the officers manning these posts?

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 May 06, 2010 at 12:01 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Are we going to shut down the bridges and tunnels every time a truck runs out of gas or has mechanical problems. Its like 9/11 all over again.

So in this day and age, it's better to let it be and risk facing the potential consequences? I'm sure most Americans wouldn't mind a minor inconvenience in lieu of the repercussions they would face if the authorities would not take the necessary precautions.

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 May 06, 2010 at 12:13 AM Anonymous Says:

B"H
maybe they r testing the police to see how they respond... we passed :)

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 May 06, 2010 at 12:53 AM Anonymous Says:

The dummy us will now stop every u haul and of course on every bridge... Such dumm straight heads

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 May 06, 2010 at 01:12 AM Anonymous Says:

you should see what time square looks like, a beehive of officers. every ten feet you walk there is another closter of cops, the security is unreal.

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 May 06, 2010 at 01:24 AM Anonymous Says:

Shut down breifly? I was sitting right in fron of the toll both for almost 3 hours!!!

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 May 06, 2010 at 02:18 AM Anonymous Says:

coming NEW LAW if car leaved open then...........

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 May 06, 2010 at 07:08 AM WB Says:

I think the guy probably didn't have TOLL money, so he got a free tow from the cops to the other side of the bridge

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 May 06, 2010 at 07:11 AM Anonymous Says:

this truck can very well have been planted by terrorists as a message that when/if they wanted they could strike us anywhere. That may have been the message from the times square incident as well. Faizal Shahzad is an educated man with 2 american university degrees, comes from a prominent family & married into a prominent family. creating a bomb from an engineering perspective is an easy task. The times square bomb wansnt particularly sophisticated. The question that begs to be asked is WHY NOT? this may have been intentional. it looks like they're sending the americans a message. Behind closed doors, the americans may be negotiating with terrorists over prisoner release or what not, and the terrorists are flexing their muscles

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 May 06, 2010 at 11:24 AM yeah ok Says:

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WB Says:

I think the guy probably didn't have TOLL money, so he got a free tow from the cops to the other side of the bridge

that has got 2 be the stupidest thing i have ever heard in my life!!!!!!

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 May 07, 2010 at 11:41 AM WarKingRoy Says:

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yeah ok Says:

that has got 2 be the stupidest thing i have ever heard in my life!!!!!!

You must be a liberal New Yorker, as you cannot detect obvious humor or sarcasm; your sense of humor (if any) is probably limited to insults directed at G W Bush...

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