Vehicles catch fire on Brooklyn Bridge; 1 dead, 5 injured: EMS

NEW YORK — One person died and five others were injured when multiple vehicles caught fire on the Brooklyn Bridge Wednesday, according to officials with the New York City Fire Department's Emergency Medical Services.

Firefighters battle a multi-vehicle fire on the Brooklyn Bridge on Nov. 21, 2018. (AIR11)

At least three vehicles were fully engulfed in flames on the Brooklyn-bound side of the bridge as of 7:30 a.m. A fourth vehicle parked nearby also appears to have fire damage, AIR11 footage shows.

The FDNY confirms three vehicles were involved in a crash at 7:14 a.m., resulting in the blaze.

One person died in the fire and five others were injured, according to EMS.

Drivers on the Brooklyn-bound side of the bridge at the time of the crash were trapped for more than an hour as firefighters fought the flames then began clean-up.

Both sides of the bridge were temporarily closed. Around 8:30 a.m., the Manhattan-bound side reopened and drivers on the opposing side began to slowly reverse their vehicles, under police guidance, in order to drive off the bridge back to Manhattan as officials continued their investigation into the deadly crash, AIR11 images show.

Heavier than usual delays were experienced on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, and Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges as commuters looked to avoid the Brooklyn Bridge backup.

PIX11 has also reached out the the New York City Police Department for information.