Second Blaze On Span In Less Than A Month

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — For the second time in less than a month, a truck fire created traffic headaches on the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.

After being closed for much of Monday morning and afternoon, the lower levels in both directions have reopened.

A tractor trailer caught fire on the bridge Monday morning, closing the lower level in both directions, authorities said. Those lanes have reopened

No injuries have been reported from the blaze, the FDNY said. The fire was in the cab of the 18-wheeler.

Firefighters were called at 9:47 a.m. The flames were under control about 15 minutes later.

The city Department of Transportation checked the bridge for structural damage but found none.

Another truck caught fire on the same bridge and damaged a floor beam Aug. 16. And in April, the bridge was closed briefly after a truck caught fire and caused an oxygen tank in the back to explode near the Manhattan entrance. One lane of the Queens-bound upper level is still closed as a result of that fire.

The bridge connects Manhattan and Queens.

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The outer roadway of the bridge had reopened by 11 a.m., but the inner roadway remained close, fire officials said.