Injuries reported after crane collapses onto major NYC-area bridge
The accident occurred just after noon on Tuesday, and it’s unclear what cause the crane to collapse. Emergency personnel could be seen flocking to the scene, and Governor Andrew Cuomo was reported to have arrived as well.
Breaking news: TAPAN ZEE BRIDGE CLOSED. MAJOR CRANE COLLAPSE. INJURIES REPORTED. BRIDGE TO BE CLOSED FOR 24 HOURS. pic.twitter.com/AtlEe0LGuM— nycphotog (@nycphotog) July 19, 2016
Drivers are advised to avoid the area by traffic signs as far back as Interstate 95 in New Jersey.
The red crane splintered across all six lanes of the causeway, leaving debris and damaging one car. It was being used for a construction project to create a new bridge to replace the aging Tappan Zee Bridge that is running alongside it.
BREAKING: 2nd person placed onto stretcher at #TappanZee bridge following #crane collapse— Fox5NY (@fox5ny) Jul 19 2016
The Tappan Zee Bridge is one of the main arteries for the New York Metropolitan area, bringing over 135,000 across the Hudson River just north of the New York City every day.