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Carlucci Expresses Concerns Over Tappan Zee Tug Boat Accident

State Sen. David Carlucci, D-Rockland/Westchester, expressed his condolences to the families of the men killed and missing when a tugboat hit a barge near the new Tappan Zee bridge on Saturday.
State Sen. David Carlucci, D-Rockland/Westchester, expressed his condolences to the families of the men killed and missing when a tugboat hit a barge near the new Tappan Zee bridge on Saturday. Photo Credit: File

ORANGETOWN, N.Y. -- Saturday morning's fatal crash involving a tugboat and stationary barge near the new Tappan Zee Bridge that left two dead and one missing has brought concern and condolences from politicians and residents alike

"This morning's (Saturday's) accident at the Tappan Zee Bridge is a tragedy for all involved, and we must call into service all resources available at our disposal immediately to find the missing crew member of the tugboat Specialist," said state Sen. David Carlucci, D-Rockland/Westchester. "What is also concerning is the oil currently leaking from the Specialist and its impact on the delicate ecosystem surrounding the bridge. I urge the public to allow law enforcement agencies and the Department of Environmental Conservation to do their jobs so this tragic situation can be resolved as soon as possible."

After striking the barge, the tugboat began leaking up to 5,000 gallons of diesel fuel, a fuel-containing apparatus has been deployed in the Hudson River due to a visible sheen.

The tugboat was escorting a barge with a crane and two other tugboats at the time of the accident.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the accident "a tragedy" and said a "full investigation" to understand what led to the crash will be launched.

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