Crane collapse closes Tappan Zee Bridge
A construction crane fell on a car on the Tappan Zee Bridge Tuesday, causing at least one injury and closing the Hudson River bridge in both directions.
*Breaking News* Tappan Zee Bridge. A crane has collapsed and is blocking all lanes of the Tappan Zee Bridge. pic.twitter.com/vajCgTShcg
— RocklandFires (@RocklandFires) July 19, 2016
Images from a New York State Thruway Authority traffic camera show a crane lying across the roadway. Other local news footage showed at least one person being loaded onto an ambulance stretcher.
The crane landed on a car on the bridge around noon, according to some news reports; others have said it did not land on any vehicles but did cause injuries. State police announced that all seven lanes of the bridge were closed in both directions.
The bridge, which connects New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties, is a constantly crowded passage over the Hudson River. A new replacement bridge has been under construction beside the old bridge, several cranes have been helping to construct that new bridge.
Interstate 287, which includes the Tappan Zee Bridge, connects with Interstate 95 just south of Greenwich and the Hutchinson River Parkway just West of Greenwich, is a popular northern crossing of the Hudson River for Connecticut residents. It also links to Interstate 684, Interstate 87 and the Sprain River Parkway on the West side of the Hudson River, which are all popular north-south running roadways for residents of western Connecticut.