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RFK Bridge Closed for Abandoned U-Haul Bomb Scare

The entrance to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge is closed by police (AP)
NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Traffic on the RFK Bridge, previously named the Triborough Bridge, was briefly closed in both directions while New York City police were investigating a U-Haul truck abandoned several yards from the toll plaza near the Manhattan side.

According to officials, witnesses reported seeing a man flee the truck sometime Wednesday night, and the smell of gasoline was reported coming from the vehicle.

The NYPD bomb squad and other emergency responders rushed to the scene in a city still jittery from the attempted car bomb attack in Times Square on Saturday.

Police X-rayed the truck, cut a hole in the side, and discovered it was empty. They inspected the engine and the undercarriage.

"Nothing was found," said Police spokesman Paul Browne.

Traffic on the bridge resumed around midnight.

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