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Crane Collapses on Tappan Zee Bridge, 'Traffic Nightmare' Ensues

Crane Collapses on Tappan Zee Bridge, 'Traffic Nightmare' Ensues
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By    |   Tuesday, 19 July 2016 01:48 PM EDT

A "traffic nightmare" is unfolding on a busy New York bridge over the Hudson River after a crane collapsed and fell across the roadway Tuesday.

A red crane is lying flat on the Tappan Zee Bridge, which connects Rockland and Westchester counties. A new bridge is being constructed next to the current one, and it appears the crane was part of that construction project.

According to the Journal News, at least two people were injured when the crane came crashing down around noon.

Photos from the scene show the crane across the road, and another shows a section of the crane hanging off the bridge span on which it was sitting, part of it in the water and part of it tangled up in the supports for one of the spans.

The bridge is closed in both directions.

South Nyack-Grand View police Chief Brent Newbury told the Journal News there is "a traffic nightmare" that is ongoing, with cars stuck on the bridge behind the wreckage with nowhere to go.

Drivers as far away as Rt. 95 in New Jersey are being warned via digital signs to steer clear of the bridge, according to NBC New York.

"One of the questions is how much if any structural damage did it cause to the bridge and how do they get the crane lifted," Rockland Sheriff's chief William Barbera told the Journal News. "There might be long-term damage and it might take hours to open the bridge."

Images of the accident are all over social media.




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A "traffic nightmare" is unfolding on a busy New York bridge over the Hudson River after a crane collapsed and fell across the roadway Tuesday.
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