Coast Guard crews respond to Tappan Zee Bridge Crane Collapse

25 New YorkNEW YORK — Coast Guard crews are enforcing a safety zone on the Hudson River around the Tappan Zee Bridge after a crane collapsed Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Coast Guard Sector New York received a report of a partial crane collapse across the western end of the Tappan Zee Bridge, which has closed the roadway to traffic for an undetermined period of time.

A crane operator was safely recovered from the water by a Westchester County Marine unit after the collapse.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station New York is enforcing a safety zone around the site of the incident and will remain in place for as long as necessary.

The major implications of the safety zone are as follows: no entry into the immediate vicinity of the incident, heed caution for any debris that could be in the water, and for vessels to proceed at a slow speed to prevent a wake.

A response team from Sector New York is on scene to examine the area for any pollution and damage to the barges.

The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.

If you have any problems viewing this article, please report it here.