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The driver of a Ford pickup truck touring on the Brooklyn Bridge rear-ended a Nissan on Wednesday morning, setting off a six-car crash that ignited a fiery explosion and left a 32-year-old man useless, the police stated.
Firefighters pulled the person, Kristopher Hambas, of Scarsdale, N.Y., unconscious from his automobile, a Volkswagen, the police stated. He was pronounced useless on the scene.
Six others sustained minor accidents, officers stated, together with the driving force of the pickup truck.
The bridge was shut down for greater than an hour in the course of the morning commute, officers stated. Sixty fireplace and emergency personnel rushed to the scene, the place three automobiles had been on fireplace.
According to the police, the pickup truck was touring on the Brooklyn-bound facet of the bridge at about 7:15 a.m. when it slammed right into a Nissan, inflicting the automotive to strike the median. The truck then hit Mr. Hambas’s automobile, pushing it right into a concrete barrier, the place it then burst into flames.
Mr. Hambas’s automotive rear-ended a fourth automobile, which struck a fifth, which then rear-ended a sixth.
Dark plumes of smoke billowed from the thick flames, pictures of which had been captured by tv helicopter crews and posted on social media by onlookers.
Firefighters extinguished the flames shortly after eight a.m., a Fire Department spokesman stated.
All lanes on the bridge had been reopened by 1 p.m., the authorities stated.
Justin Kaplan, 30, grew up down the road from Mr. Hambas in Westchester County and had been his greatest good friend since childhood. The two labored collectively at a tattoo store in White Plains earlier than Mr. Hambas left to work in the movie business.
“It’s still not real, he was like a brother to me and so many,” Mr. Kaplan stated. “He was on his way to a film shoot to pursue his dreams. Nobody ever thought it would come to that tragic of an ending.”
There had been no arrests in the incident, the police stated, and the investigation was persevering with.
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