Crane Collapses Across New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge
A crane collapsed across the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York today, and remarkably, no vehicles were hit.
Video from helicopter footage taken by local ABC station WABC-TV in New York shows the crane sprawled across multiple lanes of the bridge.
New York State Troopers Troop T told ABC News that one minor accident was caused by a driver who spotted the falling crane and stopped short, rear-ending another car.
Several contractors suffered minor injuries, according to the state troopers.
“It just crashed literally right in front of us,” Balam Arana, a Westchester County resident who witnessed the incident, told ABC Newa. Arana described how he was driving across the bridge toward Rockland County when the truck in front of him came to a sudden halt, causing him to swerve to avoid hitting it. He said he then saw the crane come crashing down, right in front of his vehicle.
Arana told ABC News he saw one person who appeared to be receiving treatment for injuries.
Traffic on the bridge came to a complete halt, Arana said, “It was literally a parking lot, nobody was moving.” Eventually state troopers began directing cars to turn around, one-by-one, Arana said.
Some trapped drivers took to social media to share creatives methods of passing time while stuck in traffic:
At least it's a beautiful day on the #tappanzee pic.twitter.com/FSudJHOqMG
— Pam (@pammy_anne) July 19, 2016