Tappan Zee Bridge crane collapse: 1 SB lane remains closed

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. — One southbound lane on the Tappan Zee Bridge remains closed Wednesday, a day after a crane collapse caused a traffic nightmare ahead of the afternoon commute.

The southbound right lane sustained significant damage, officials said, and it was not known when it would reopen.

A full closure of the Tappan Zee Bridge was in effect for much of Tuesday afternoon after a crane collapsed, narrowly missing vehicles and causing epic tie-ups.

At least two vehicles crashed when drivers swerved to avoid the fallen crane.

Four people were injured in all, including a construction worker.

Six of the seven lanes were eventually reopened on the bridge — known as a notorious traffic chokehold that has been a source of concern for engineers worried about its viability.

Construction is currently underway to create a new Tappan Zee Bridge.

An investigation is underway into why the crane collapsed. Wind does not appear to be a factor, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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