crane struck the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, Traffic has been suspended

A floating construction crane struck the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge between Brooklyn and Queens on Friday, the second crane accident across the city in the past 24 hours, officials said.

The crane, which was on a barge, made contact with the bridge between Floyd Bennett Field and the Rockaways around 9 a.m., according to preliminary reports.

No injuries were reported. The barge was unmanned, officials said.

The U.S. Coast Guard, which has a station in the Rockaways, called in the FDNY and the NYPD to do a brief investigation. The Coast Guard towed the crane to a safe distance away from the bridge.

Traffic was temporarily halted in both directions for about an hour until MTA Bridges and Tunnels engineers deemed the bridge to be structurally sound.

A Bridges and Tunnels spokeswoman said the crane touched the bridge and did not collide with the span.

On Thursday night, a construction crane atop an 85-story Midtown skyscraper spun in the Hurricane Zeta winds, with debris from the building landing on the street a block away.

A spokesman for the city Department of Buildings said the spinning was a normal crane feature known as “weathervaning” that reduces wind resistance and increases its stability.

Whether the debris was knocked off by the whirling crane would be part of the DOB investigation, spokesman Andrew Rudansky said.

No one was reported hurt.



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