Crane On Tugboat Strikes Scaffolding Under Brooklyn Bridge

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A tugboat was carrying a crane when it struck the underside of the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday night, briefly shutting down traffic.

The Department of Transportation said there didn’t appear to be any structural damage to the bridge. However, the collision led to a near-20 foot section of scaffolding being damaged.

The scaffolding was being used by workers to repaint the bridge, designated by the National Park Service as a National Historic Landmark.

The FDNY said there were no reports of injuries. Marine crews remained on the scene late Tuesday, surveying the damage.

All lanes were eventually reopened.

The Bridge, which crosses the East River and connects Manhattan and Brooklyn, is undergoing a $500 million rehabilitation project.

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  • Love NYC

    Tugboats are awesome. I love to watch them. I marvel at how they can pull or push something so much bigger and heavier. They have character.

  • jason foley

    Ha,Awesome I think it’s great

  • Bob

    WOW !!! A tugboat carrying a VERY BIG CRANE !!!! Must have been a hell of a big tugboat !

    Don’t they usually pull or push BARGES with cranes on the barge ??

    • Gina

      I second.

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