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Tappan Zee bridge accident

July 4, 2007 @ 12:50pm

On Sunday we watched the Yankees get clobbered -- giving up seven runs in the second inning on their way to an 11 to 5 loss. After that we returned home to walk the dogs and headed upstate to meet up with my mom and watch some fireworks by a lake.

We crossed the Tappan Zee bridge a few minutes before 7PM and about twenty minutes later there was a fiery fatal collision on the bridge which was so bad that it demolished about 270 feet of the median and forced officials to close it until the following morning:

Around 7:30 p.m., a tractor-trailer was heading towards Westchester County on the bridge's causeway, by the curve near the Rockland County side, when it was struck on its side near the back by a car, state police said. The truck then hit another car, rolled over the concrete barrier into the northbound lanes, and hit the fourth car.

"The truck burst into flames. Once the truck became engulfed in flames, the vehicle that had caused the accident also caught fire," Collins added. "The occupants of that vehicle were able to get out with minor injuries. Unfortunately, the truck driver did not."

On our way back from the fireworks around 1AM, I saw a small highway sign that looked like it was manually programmed. It said something like "TappanZee Closed, use Bear Mountain" and I thought it had to be a mistake. But we turned on AM radio and heard more about the crash and luckily only got stuck in a little bit of traffic.

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