Brooklyn Bridge Closed After Deadly Car Fire (Updated)

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A fire erupted on the Brooklyn Bridge Wednesday morning after a crash, according to reports and video from the scene. One person died and five other people had minor injuries.

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The initial crash happened around 7:15 a.m. on the eastbound part of the bridge. Firefighters had the blaze under control by 8 a.m. and were searching the cars, according to reports. The bridge was closed in both directions with authorities on the scene.

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Update, 2:11 p.m.: The New York Daily News has some more details:

A truck and four cars crashed about 7:15 a.m. A witness said the truck burned and then several explosions were heard. One victim died at the scene.

The bridge has since reopened to traffic.

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I’m surprised that traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge during rush hour is light enough to allow for an accident more serious than a minor fender bender.