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.READ MORE: Bodycam Video Shows Moments Before NYPD Lieutenant Was Shot In Ankle Apprehending Suspect In The Bronx
She was trapped for six hours before crews were finally able to free her.READ MORE: Several People Shot Outside Queens Laundromat, Police Investigating
After 13 operations, Gerney was able to walk again.MORE NEWS: COVID In New York: Mask Mandates Not Being Re-Imposed Just Yet As Concern Grows Over Delta Variant
She died last week at her home in Southampton. She was 85 years old.