At least two people were injured on the Tappan Zee Bridge when a crane collapsed, disrupting traffic in both directions.
Traffic backed up for miles after crews closed all lanes and rushed the two injured people from the scene, Fox News reported. Work had been underway on a new bridge, meant to replace the current span, when the crane collapsed.
The crane came down near mile marker 15 shortly after 12 p.m., NBC4 reported. The crane fell over from a barge and hit at least one car with debris, causing a small wreck.
Officials stated that the bridge will be closed indefinitely as the crane wreckage is removed from the roadway, NBC4 added. Police said that drivers will be allowed to do U-turns to travel to nearby exits.
The reason for this collapse was unclear, Fox News stated. In March, three workers were killed near the bridge when a tugboat sank after hitting a construction barge.
Video from the Tappan Zee Bridge crane collapse courtesy John Hippler pic.twitter.com/JWgoBPeSxm— RocklandFires (@RocklandFires) July 19, 2016
Officials have advised motorists to avoid the area, NBC4 added. Gov. Cuomo was expected to issue a statement about the collapse later on Tuesday.