New York – Authorities closed off the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, formerly known as Triborough Bridge, in all directions for about two hours around 10pm on Wednesday night. The Police Department’s bomb squad was drawn into the scene after a toll booth operator approached the U-Haul truck and noticed that it was reeking a strong smell of gasoline, said Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne.
“There’s no explosive devices of any kind on any part of the vehicle,” he said after they have thoroughly inspected the truck. They x-rayed the truck and even cut a hole in the side to see whether it contains any explosive devices.
“When the bridge authority officer smelled the gasoline and saw the driver running from the vehicle, all traffic on the bridge was taken off and the bridge itself was closed in all directions,” Browne further said.
The truck which has an Arizona license plate was headed to Manhattan from the Bronx when the driver, said to be in dark clothing carrying a white bag, suddenly abandoned it around 9:40 p.m. as it was approaching the bridge’s Manhattan-bound toll plaza, witnesses told the police.
As of now, authorities still haven’t found the man and they are still trying to determine why he suddenly abandoned the U-haul truck and ran away.
After inspecting the whole scene, officials finally determined that there was no danger, and the bridge was expected to be reopened early Thursday. The city has been on the edge since Saturday night, when a man unsuccessfully tried to set off a car bomb in Times Square.