Crane collapse closes Tappan Zee Bridge, injures four

Published on : Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tappan Zee BridgeA construction crane collapsed on the New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge on Tuesday, triggering travel chaos, damaging the bridge severely and injuring four people. The bridge was shut down on both directions for several hours, following the incident that trapped motorists for a prolonged duration.


Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York said that the cause of the crane’s malfunction is a mystery and that accidents are caused by equipments that break at times. He added that a vibratory hammer was carried by the crane to carry out construction process when it broke down.


He said that officials would look into the cause of this accident. An official said that the accident might have been a consequence of an issue with hammer or the crane or simply due to an error of the workers.


Cuomo asserted that the very fact that there were no serious injuries was a miracle, although two cars met with minor accidents in attempts to move away from the falling crane. He also said that luckily the bridge did not have heavy traffic at that moment.


The crane collapse injured a bridge worker and three drivers, though their injuries are not fatal.


This incident compelled the authorities to divert cars onto the Palisades Interstate Parkway from Interstate 87 in Rockland. Similarly, cars were being diverted to Interstate 87 from Insterstate 287 in the region of Westchester.


Andrew Coumo said that as a result of the accident, the lane would be closed on Wednesday morning. Travel would be blocked for many days on account of further repairs, he said.


According to the Coast Guard, the Westchester County Police has rescued the crane operator, but the officials did not agree to this.


On Tuesday, Coumo said at 5.15 p.m. that the northbound lanes that led to Rockland were reopened. A southbound lane that went towards Westchester was believed to be reopened within 7 p.m. Yet, Coumo advised south bound travelers to utilize different routes for the time being.


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