Crane Collapses Across Spans, Closing Bridge; Governor Cuomo and Federal Inspectors on Scene

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One of 28 cranes — a vibratory hammer crane that was driving piles for the New NY Bridge project — crashed across both lanes of the Tappan Zee and its replacement today just before noon.

“Miraculously, there were no serious injuries whatsoever,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said during an afternoon update to media.

Five people — two construction workers and three motorists whose cars swerved to avoid the crane as it fell — sustained non-life-threatening injuries, Rockland County Executive Ed Day said earlier today.

Cuomo accompanied federal inspectors as they checked the bridge’s structure to determine if there was underneath damage from the boom falling.

UPDATE: Three northbound lanes opened by 5:25 p.m., and two southbound lanes opened by 8 p.m. The third southbound lane, where the guardrail was damaged (see picture below), will remain closed as crews need to put plates on the roadway due to surface and underneath structural damage.

“At least one lane on the south (Westchester-bound) side appears to have had significant damage,” Cuomo said during the first press briefing. Experts were to make a final determination after their inspection.

Right guardrail of TZB southbound lanes/Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of the Governor

Right guardrail of TZB southbound lanes/Credit: Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of the Governor

Investigators will also determine why the new crane malfunctioned. Workers continue to remove the boom from the top of the bridge’s deck.

Alternate routes are the George Washington Bridge, the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, the Bear Mountain Bridge and the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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