Crawler Crane Topples onto Tappan Zee Bridge

July 19, 2016


(This article has been updated.)

Both lanes of traffic on New York's  I-87/I-287 highway, crossing the Tappan Zee Bridge, were shut down Tuesday when a Manitowoc MLC 300 crawler crane collapsed and fell into traffic. No vehicles were hit, although four injuries were reported.

Only one lane remained closed Wednesday morning.

The crane had been working on the new Tappan Zee Bridge that will replace the current Tappan Zee in 2018. The seven-lane, 3-mile long bridge is being updated into an eight-lane bridge with new technology to last 100 years. Rockland County Executive Ed Day said the bridge had a 'punch through' hole caused by the crane in the right-most lane.

Drivers are being rerouted. No cause for the collapse has been announced, although wind has inititally been ruled out.

Below is a report from ABC7 in New York.