A deadly accident on a thruway bridge on July 24 has left one man dead and four others in hospital, according to local law enforcement. New York State Police responded to the five-car accident in the late evening. An investigation into the specifics of the crash is still ongoing, and no criminal charges have yet been filed in connection with the case.
According to police, a 69-year-old man was witnessed driving the wrong way along the Tappan Zee bridge when he collided with a vehicle traveling the opposite direction. This collision set off a chain reaction that eventually involved five vehicles total. A 56-year-old woman who was a passenger in the first car hit was pronounced dead at the scene by arriving medical personnel.
The other four injured parties were rushed to local hospitals with injuries described as severe to critical. The accident shut down traffic on the bridge for hours as police attempted to piece together the series of events that led to the crash. Currently, that investigation is still underway, and police have yet to comment upon what other factors may have contributed to the crash. The status of the driver who is believed to have caused the crash is also unknown at this time.
The facts surrounding this car accident are still a subject for debate, and until New York police complete their investigation, no criminal charges are likely to be filed. However, New York traffic laws clearly state that road signs must be observed by drivers -- and it is reasonably clear the man driving the wrong way across a bridge did not pay clear enough attention to those signs. Given this, the injured parties and the family of the deceased victim may wish to pursue personal injury and wrongful death claims against the driver.
Source: myfoxny.com, "Deadly crash on Tappan Zee Bridge," Luke Funk, July 24, 2013