The sudden crash of a large construction crane left five people injured on the busy Tappan Zee Bridge, located along the Hudson River.
The deadly crane was used during construction of an impending replacement for the aging bridge, according to the The New York Times.
Two construction workers and three people in their cars, who attempted to swerve out of the way, were injured during the unexpected fall.
No vehicles were damaged by the crane and the people injured suffered minor, non-life-threatening injuries.
Jeff Loughlin, the business manager of the union that represents the crane operator, said, “It’s a miracle that the boom fell across six lanes of traffic, cars that are doing 60 to 70 miles an hour, and not one car was hit by the boom.”
The crash occurred amidst the costly $3.9 billion construction project to build a new Tappan Zee Bridge, which is expected to be completed by 2018, Fox News reported.
The bridge was shut down throughout the afternoon and traffic was redirected on both sides.
The crane operator in this incident needs to be re-evaluated by the union regarding whether or not he is truly suitable to operate a heavy crane on a decaying bridge.
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