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Five vehicles were involved in a major accident on a thruway bridge on July 24. New York police report the motor vehicle crash sent four people to hospital and a further person to an untimely death. The accident is still under investigation by local authorities, though no charges have yet been filed in connection with the case.

According to local law enforcement, a 69-year-old man was seen to be driving his SUV the wrong way on the Tappan Zee bridge late on the night of the 24. As a result, he crashed headlong into a vehicle coming the opposite direction with enough force to flip the other car. This caused the involvement of several other vehicles in the accident, which closed the bridge to traffic for hours.

Medical personnel arriving on the scene declared a passenger in the car dead on the scene, and transported a further four people to hospital. Their injuries were described as severe. It is unknown whether the driver of the SUV was one of those injured. Police have not yet filed charges as their investigation is still underway, and they have not speculated as to whether speed or alcohol played a role in the crash.

A motor vehicle crash is traumatic for those involved, especially when the result is tragic. It is reasonably clear based upon New York traffic laws that the driver of the SUV should not have been traveling the wrong way on the thruway bridge, and it seems likely police will find him at fault for the accident. Should this be the case, the injured parties will have the opportunity to file personal injury suits against him. The family of the deceased passenger will also be able to file a wrongful death suit.

Source: examiner.com, “Tappan Zee accident: Elderly man drives wrong way on dangerous New York bridge,” Peter Trapasso, July 24, 2013