NEW YORK — One person died and another was injured after falling from the Manhattan Bridge on Wednesday afternoon, according to police.
Police said two workers — one they believed to be a painter and another a construction worker — fell from the bridge onto the pavement below around 2 p.m.
The painter was pronounced dead at the scene. The NYPD said the construction worker, who was expected to survive, was found on a landing and transported to Bellevue Hospital.
“This is a terrible tragedy and the victim's family and friends are in our thoughts,” Seth Stein, a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation (DOT), said in a statement. “It is too soon to determine what led to this incident with our contractor."
The DOT told NY1 the painter who died worked for Champion Painting, a subcontractor of the construction company Skanska.
Police were working to determine what caused the workers, whose identities are not confirmed, to fall from the bridge.
Police briefly closed all lower lanes on the Manhattan Bridge as they conducted an investigation.