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krulltime
June 26th, 2004, 08:16 PM
TUNNEL-BLAZE SCARE


June 26, 2004

An SUV burst into flames inside the Lincoln Tunnel last night, causing some panicked motorists to abandon their cars and run out of the tube, while other drivers endured heavy delays, officials said.

It was unclear what caused the car to catch fire inside the center tube of the tunnel 750 feet from the New Jersey side at 7:45 p.m., said a Port Authority spokeswoman. The fire did not spread beyond the car.

Several hundred vehicles were in the tunnel at the time of the fire, said Steven Winters, an acting battalion chief at North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue.

Tunnel workers adjusted the pressure in the tunnel to keep the smoke away from the occupied vehicles and force the smoke out the New Jersey end of the tunnel.

Firefighters from North Hudson, along with Port Authority Bridge and Tunnel agents, encountered the heavy smoke as they went in to put out the fire, Winters said.

About half a dozen motorists left their cars and ran out of the tunnel, the P.A. spokeswoman said, adding that those people were located and returned to their cars.

No one was injured during the blaze, but a woman having a panic attack was treated at the scene, Winters said.

The tunnel, which was undamaged, reopened at 10:09 p.m.

Zach Haberman


Copyright 2004 NYP Holdings, Inc.

krulltime
June 26th, 2004, 08:20 PM
About half a dozen motorists left their cars and ran out of the tunnel

Hey not to be alarm here but I would it have done the same thing. It must to have been scary witnessing this. :|

Ninjahedge
June 28th, 2004, 10:35 AM
TUNNEL-BLAZE SCARE


June 26, 2004

[b]About half a dozen motorists left their cars and ran out of the tunnel, the P.A. spokeswoman said, adding that those people were located and returned to their cars.

Including the SUV owner?

"Now GET back in there!!!!!"