Video: Crane collapses across New York bridge

A crane working on a bridge project inexplicably topples and injures four in New York

The crane lies across Tappan Zee Bridge after toppling on Tuesday. (David Leibstein/AP)
The crane lies across Tappan Zee Bridge after toppling on Tuesday. (David Leibstein/AP)

Four people were injured when a large crane collapsed across the 1955 Tappan Zee Bridge in New York.

The crane was being used to lift concrete piles, and was one of 28 being used on a $4bn replacement bridge project when it inexplicably toppled at around noon on Tuesday.

The state's longest bridge connects two of New York City's densely populated suburbs, and carries more than 130,000 vehicles per day.

All northbound lanes were reopened to avoid heavy rush hour traffic on Tuesday evening, though one badly damaged southbound lane will remain closed.

James Allen, director of communications for Governor Andrew Cuomo, tweeted: "We do not know why the crane collapsed. This is the first accident we had.

"If there's a silver lining in this situation it was that no one was seriously hurt. This was nothing short of a miracle."

The crane was one of 28 beingused in the construction of a new bridge that would replace the original which opened in 1955.

Cuomo added that the collapse would likely not delay the project.

 

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