Whitestone Bridge closes after exit sign falls

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The Whitestone Bridge over New York’s East River was shut down in both directions Friday after a truck with an extended crane struck an overhead sign on the Queens-bound side.

Maintenance crews were working to clear the road after the accident, which happened at about 1 p.m.

According to Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials, two people who were on the truck suffered minor injuries and were taken to New York Hospital in Queens.

“There’s a considerable amount of debris from this fallen sign, a lot of steel on this bridge,” said Joyce Mulvaney of the MTA.

“The bridge personnel and the emergency personnel on the scene are trying to clear up all this in order to get all this open and moving as soon as possible and hopefully in time for the evening rush hour,” she added.

Vehicles were being rerouted to the Throgs Neck and Robert F. Kennedy bridges.