NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Brigitte Gerney, whose rescue operation made headlines and brought New York City traffic to a standstill back in 1985, has died.

The then-49-year-old mother of two was walking home from a dentist appointment on the Upper East Side when a construction crane collapsed on top of her, crushing her legs.

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She was trapped for six hours before crews were finally able to free her.

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After 13 operations, Gerney was able to walk again.

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She died last week at her home in Southampton. She was 85 years old.

CBSNewYork Team