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New York bridge closed after U-Haul truck abandoned on it

By the CNN Wire Staff

New York (CNN) -- New York police have closed a New York bridge, formerly known as the Triborough Bridge, on both sides after a Manhattan-bound U-Haul truck was abandoned about 1,000 feet from a toll both.

NYPD Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said the bomb squad has been dispatched to the site of the bridge.

The truck, with Arizona license plates, was headed into Manhattan from the Bronx when the driver ran from the truck, witnesses said.

When a toll booth operator approached the truck, he smelled a strong odor of gasoline, police said.

Police were made aware of the incident shortly after 10 p.m.

The bridge earned its former name -- Triborough -- because it connects three of New York's five boroughs: Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx.

CNN's Susan Candiotti contributed to this report.

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