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A crane collapsed onto the Tappan Zee Bridge Tuesday.

A crane collapsed onto the Tappan Zee Bridge at about noon today, shutting down travel in both directions on the span.

Police said people jumped from the span as a construction crane for the new bridge crashed onto the old span around noon.

Workers are cutting up the crane to remove it from the bridge, which could reopen in a couple of hours, said South Nyack-Grand View police Chief Brent Newbury.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day said five people were injured — three drivers and two bridge workers.

Newbury said he expects “a traffic nightmare.”

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In Rockland, cars are being diverted from Interstate 87 onto the Palisades Interstate Parkway. Trucks are being routed off the Thruway at Exit 12.

In Westchester, drivers on Interstate 287 are being diverted onto Interstate 87.

“One of the questions is how much if any structural damage did it cause to the bridge and how do they get the crane lifted,” said Rockland Sheriff’s Chief William Barbera, who said the county’s marine boat is at the scene. “There might long term damage and might take hours to open the bridge.”

Drivers stuck in traffic on the Thruway in Rockland County said they saw various emergency personnel, including a Rockland Mobile Care ambulance and a Briarcliff Manor fire truck. Drivers were seen leaning out their cars to take photos and videos of the traffic.

Diana Cortez, Tarrytown-area director for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said her agency had sent two inspectors to the scene.

“It’s not going to wrap up today, that’s for sure. I have no idea (when it might),” she said.

Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner said that there obviously has to be a review as to the oversight on the massive project. … “everybody who goes over the bridge expects that they are going to be able to travel safely. … it’s unacceptable for any accident to occur on a construction project like this.”

Alternate routes for drivers who need to get across the Hudson River are the Bear Mountain Bridge to the north and the George Washington Bridge to the south.

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A crane collapsed onto the Tappan Zee Bridge Tuesday.