After Brief Shut Down, RFK Bridge Reopens

A suspicious truck abandoned Wednesday several yards from a toll booth near the Manhattan side of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge turned out to be empty and not a threat, the New York Police Department said.

Police say witnesses reported seeing a man flee the vehicle sometime Wednesday night and a smell of gasoline was reported coming from the vehicle, which was described as a U-Haul or Ryder truck.Police X-rayed the truck and 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.

The bridge was shut down to traffic and emergency services officers along with the bomb Squad and the FDNY responded to the scene.

No other information was immediately available.

The truck was abandoned on the Manhattan side of the RFK Bridge, formerly called the Triborough Bridge.