One killed, 6 injured in fiery crash on Brooklyn Bridge

First responders on the scene of the fatal car accident on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.
First responders on the scene of the fatal car accident on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.PHOTO: NYTIMES
Traffic is backed up to Manhattan following a fatal car accident on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.
Traffic is backed up to Manhattan following a fatal car accident on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.PHOTO: NYTIMES

NEW YORK (NYTIMES) - One person was killed when three vehicles on the Brooklyn Bridge erupted into flames after a crash Wednesday (Nov 21), forcing the shutdown of the bridge during the morning commute, fire officials said.

Four vehicles were traveling on the Brooklyn-bound side of the bridge about 7.15am when they spun out of control, a spokesman for the fire department said.

Three of the vehicles burst into flames, the spokesman said.

Six people sustained minor injuries.

According to two city officials, one aggressive driver appeared to trigger the crash.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.

Videos of the incident showed that the vehicles came to a stop on the roadway entering Brooklyn, away from the middle of the bridge over the East River.

According to the fire department, 12 units from both sides of the bridge responded and 60 personnel were involved.

Dark plumes of smoke billowed from the thick flames, which were captured by television helicopter crews and posted on social media by onlookers.

Firefighters extinguished the flames shortly after 8am, the fire department spokesman said.

All lanes on the bridge were reopened by 1pm, authorities said.