The Latest: 5 injured, none seriously, in crane collapse


NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on a crane collapses at the Tappan Zee Bridge in New York (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

Two workers on New York’s Tappan (TAP’-uhn) Zee Bridge have been injured in the collapse of a construction crane across the bridge that connects Westchester and Rockland counties north of New York City.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day on his official Twitter feed says that brings the total up to five people injured and also includes three drivers. He says none of the injuries are serious.

Day also says there’s some damage to the bridge itself.

The crane had been on a new bridge that’s under construction next to the old one. It toppled over onto the old bridge around noon, bringing traffic to a halt. No cars were hit.

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3 p.m.

The Coast Guard says a crane operator was rescued from the Hudson River after the construction equipment collapsed onto New York’s Tappan (TAP’-uhn) Zee Bridge.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day said earlier Tuesday that the crane operator was shaken but not hurt. Day says three drivers who swerved to avoid the crane were injured but not seriously.

The crane toppled around noon off a new bridge that’s being constructed alongside the old one. It sprawled across the spans that cross the river between Westchester and Rockland counties, north of New York City.

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1:30 p.m.

A county official says three drivers have been hurt, none seriously, when they swerved to avoid a crane collapse on New York’s Tappan (TAP’-uhn) Zee Bridge.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day also said Tuesday on his official Twitter feed that the crane operator was shaken but not hurt.

The giant construction crane toppled off the new Tappan Zee Bridge, which is being constructed north of New York City, around noon Tuesday. It collapsed across the busy span it is replacing, halting traffic on the key suburban highway crossing.

No cars were hit by the crane’s arm as it came down.

The crane was sprawled across lanes in both directions on the bridge, which spans Rockland and Westchester counties.

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12:50 p.m.

A crane has collapsed across lanes of traffic at the Tappan Zee (TAP’-uhn zee) Bridge in the New York City suburbs.

Video from a news helicopter showed at least one person being taken out of a car and loaded into an ambulance after the crane collapsed around noon Tuesday.

Online images show a piece of a crane sprawled across lanes in both directions on the bridge, which spans Rockland and Westchester counties.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day says a helicopter and marine unit are on the scene.

In March, a 90-foot tugboat sank after it hit a construction barge near the bridge site, killing three crew members.

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12:45 p.m.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day says a helicopter and marine unit are at the scene of a crane collapse at the Tappan Zee (TAP’-uhn zee) Bridge in the New York suburbs.

Video from a news helicopter showed at least one person being removed from a car and loaded into an ambulance.

Online images show a piece of a crane sprawled across lanes in both directions on the bridge, which spans Rockland and Westchester counties.

The incident began unfolding around noon Tuesday.

In March, a 90-foot tugboat sank after it hit a construction barge near the bridge site, killing three crew members.

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12:30 p.m.

Emergency workers are at the scene of an apparent crane collapse at the Tappan Zee (TAP’-uhn zee) Bridge in the New York suburbs.

Online images show what appears to be a piece of a crane lying across lanes in both directions on the bridge, which spans Rockland and Westchester counties.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The Rockland County executive’s office says the incident began unfolding around noon Tuesday.

Further details were not immediately available.

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