5. A safety gate on Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge once hit a moving bus
While a safety gate lowered in the late morning on April 10th, 1957, a moving bus crossing the bridge was caught under it. The incident injured four people. Two victims were taken to Rockaway Beach Hospital where they were treated and discharged. The other victims were treated on the bridge.
Since the accident, the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge has only seen one more notable bridge failure. In 2014, the bridge became stuck in a lifted position. Unlike the initial incident, which closed the bridge for 20 minutes, this incident caused the bridge to close for several hours until the bridge could be lowered.