(PIX11) – A truck fire on the lower level of the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge sent a plume of heavy black smoke into the sky and created an ongoing traffic mess Friday .
FDNY Deputy Chief Roger Sakowich says three occupants in the truck noticed smoke coming from the cab and got out just before the diesel tanks exploded around 11 a.m.
A driver who was in a Queens-bound lane when the fire erupted described an “explosion” sound on the span just before plumes of smoke engulfed the scene.
“The bridge was shaking and we just ran out of the car,” said one witness, who did not want to be identified.
The woman’s vehicle, along with others, was abandoned on the bridge while police investigated the situation.
The truck, which was in the Queens-bound lane of the bridge, was carrying wire, plastic hangers and wood pallets. There was nothing suspicious about the incident, according to officials.
The NYC Department of Transportation will inspect the bridge; the FDNY suspects two beams that support the upper roadway could be slightly out of line.
The outbound lanes on the upper and lower levels remain closed on the side the fire happened; on the other side, the upper level is open Manhattan-bound, and the lower level is open Queens-bound. Even so, the damage is done, with traffic still tied up in Manhattan hours after the incident.