Motorcyclist Dies In Crash With Tractor-Trailer
According to the State police, a motorcyclist died on Wednesday in an accident with a tractor-trailer that happened at the Westchester-bound Tappan Zee Bridge. The deadly accident happened around 11:22 a.m.
As the troopers were investigating the incident, the right and center lanes were shut down for nearly 5 hours and were opened again at about 4:30 p.m.
Traffic got jammed for hours in both directions when the lanes were shut down.
According to South Nyack Police Chief Brent Newbury, the traffic was jammed several miles close to Thruway exit 13 with the extension to the Palisades Interstate Parkway. He added that this kind of situation has never happened before, except in July when a crane collapsed across the bridge. The state police didn’t say to re-route traffic off the Thruway. He said, “The Bridge is a mess but we are OK. We’re not doing anything at the moment.”
18-year-old Kyle Holder was riding in a motor vehicle that was travelling south into Westchester after the driver inadvertently got on to the bridge. He told that he saw the end results of the accident. He added, “It looks like the motorcyclist — the way the bike was dumped — got clipped by a car and the truck ran over him. It wasn’t pretty. I’ve seen accidents before, but this one was really graphic.”
Witnesses told that the motorcycle driver was weaving through traffic at a high rate of speed.
Howard further said that the incident was under investigation by the Collision Reconstruction Unit and name of the motorcyclist will not be made public until the family has been notified.
According to Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner, he is organizing a campaign to promote safety after Wednesday’s death on the bridge.
A strategy meeting is planned for 13th of September. He has invited the Automobile Club of NY to the safety campaign. He said, “One accident is too much, and we’ve had three within a few weeks.”