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Vehicle fire causes closure, NYC’s Dutch tunnel repair


My biggest irrational fear as a lifelong New Yorker is being trapped in one of the city’s vehicular tunnels during a fire. This could be a conspiracy of Daylight, a 1996 disaster film starring Sylvester Stallone, but tunnel fires still happen in the real world. Three years after the film’s release, 39 people were killed when a truck caught fire tunnel beneath Mont Blanc between Italy and France. While DaylightThe scenes in the tunnel were filmed on a set in Rome, the movie is mainly set Dutch tunnel. Unfortunately, this tunnel is no stranger to notable incidents.

A sedan caught fire on the Manhattan side of the Dutch Tunnel around 9 p.m. on Sunday night, according to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Videos are streamed to Citizen, a smartphone appshows that the car was submerged in flames inside the 1.6 km long tunnel. The tunnel connects New York City with New Jersey below the Hudson River. The Port Authority Police stopped drivers trying to get around the fire straight intoto a wall of smoke. The video ends with an ambulance arriving at the scene from the end of a Manhattan tunnel. It is not clear what caused the sedan to catch on fire.

The Dutch tunnel is the world’s first mechanical ventilation tunnel. Before the official opening in November 1927, the ventilation system was tested by a car intentionally placed down inside the tunnel. The system successfully extinguished the fire within three and a half minutes.

Since then, the tunnel’s ventilation system has been continuously updated and was last modernized in the 2000s. You can see the ventilation system in action in the car fire fighting video because the smoke is mainly smoked. stored in the area around the vehicle.

Only tunnel closed about an hour before authorities reopened to traffic, but closed an hour later to complete important repairs during the night. These rfair Besides to the tunnel is expected to improve and repair storm resistance after Hurricane Sandy flooded the tunnel in 2012.

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