Union official: Operator error didn’t cause crane collapse


NEW YORK (AP) — A union official says operator error isn’t what caused a crane’s 250-foot-long boom to collapse across New York’s Tappan (TAP’-uhn) Zee Bridge.

Jeff Loughlin, business manager for International Union of Operating Engineers Local 137, tells The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/2ajx4lk ) he’s spoken with the operator who claims to know what spurred the collapse. But Loughlin says he promised investigators he wouldn’t publicly reveal the cause.

Two drivers were injured after the sudden fall Tuesday snarled traffic, closed all seven lanes for hours and caused extensive damage to the 3.1 mile span between Westchester and Rockland counties.

Federal and state officials are investigating. The newspaper says authorities have reviewed the crane’s black box and interviewed the operator.

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Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com

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