RV Fire Closes Westbound Lanes of George Washington Bridge

By Mathew Katz on June 20, 2013 5:39pm 

 An RV fire snarled traffic on the George Washington Bridge on June 20, 2013.
An RV fire snarled traffic on the George Washington Bridge on June 20, 2013.
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MANHATTAN — Both westbound lanes of the George Washington Bridge closed after an RV caught fire, causing massive delays, according to a spokesman from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

The fire started shortly after the afternoon rush and was quickly put out, the spokesman said. The bus station at the base of the bridge was evacuated due to smoke, he added.

Witnesses on Twitter described a smoky scene with masses of backed-up traffic. 

"Epic traffic jam. Do NOT try the GWB from Manhattan - NOT happening," Tweeted @LoriSpechler.

"Smoke coming out of #GWB terminal," wrote @Ariel_JG on Twitter. "Everyone looking confused. Hope its nothing serious. At least I got out and got to take my bus."

As of 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, the westbound lanes of the lower level were still closed, but the upper level lanes had reopened.

No one was injured in the incident, officials said.

 

 

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