Two dead, one still missing accident TZ Bridge

NYACK-TARRYTOWN – Two man are dead and one is still missing, after a tugboat traveling early Saturday morning from Albany to New Jersey miscalculated the location of a barge connected to the middle span of the new Tappan Zee Bridge construction site. The tugboat, part of three tugs pulling a construction crane, hit the barge and sank in seconds. Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino told reporters that one crewmember recovered Saturday from the Hudson was 63-year-old Paul Amon of Bayville, NJ. Sunday Authorities recovered the body of 29-year-old Timothy Conklin of Westbury, Long Island. The final crewmember 56-year-old Harry Hernandez has not yet been recovered.  Astorino said there are questions about lighting, whether the tugboat operators knew there were “severe speed restrictions”, and if they understood the complexity of the bridge construction before heading into the area. Gov. Cuomo visited the site Saturday morning and told reporters that the 13 people working on the Tappan Zee construction barge could see the tugboat coming. Some were able to get off the barge while others braced for the hit. No Tappan Zee construction crew suffered injuries. Gov. Cuomo stated, “There will be a full investigation”.

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