One particular person was killed and one other was injured after they every fell from the Manhattan Bridge whereas portray it on Wednesday afternoon.
A police spokesperson confirmed the deadly incident occurred simply earlier than 2 p.m. right this moment. They stated a 37-year-old man fell whereas portray on the Manhattan-side of the bridge. He was discovered close to Pike Slip, and was pronounced useless on the scene.
A 55-year-old man additionally fell; he was taken to Bellevue Hospital the place he’s in steady situation.
Cops say that each males had harnesses on and have been “switching locations where the harness was attached, there was strong wind, and they fell.” They add that there is no such thing as a criminality suspected.
The Division of Transportation confirmed that the painter who died labored for Champion Specialty Providers, a subcontractor for Skanska, who’s the DOT’s contractor for work on the bridge.
“This is a terrible tragedy and the victim’s family and friends are in our thoughts. It is too soon to determine what led to this incident with our contractor,” stated DOT spokesperson Seth Stein.
Nobody at the corporate that employed the 2 painters was obtainable to remark.
Trains on the B/D/N/Q/W traces have been all delayed or rerouted whereas police investigated the incident.