Brooklyn Bridge slammed in tugboat mishap

March 14, 2012 at 8:09 AM

NEW YORK, March 14 (UPI) -- New York City's Brooklyn Bridge will be inspected for structural damage after a crane slammed into scaffolding around the belly of the bridge, officials say.

The crane was being pulled Tuesday night by the tugboat Thomas Dann on New York's East River when it struck the bridge, causing a gash in the canvas and sheet metal scaffolding that swaddles the bridge as part of an ongoing paint project, the New York Daily News reported.

There were no injuries and the boat continued on its way without stopping, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said.

Although there does not appear to be any structural damage, the bridge will be carefully inspected, officials said. The tugboat captain is expected to face questioning, the New York Post said.

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