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Liability Limit Sought By Tappan Zee Constructors

Salvage operations to remove the sunken tugboat.
Salvage operations to remove the sunken tugboat. Photo Credit: WABC 7 screen grab

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- The builders of the new Tappan Zee Bridge want a limit placed on their liability in connection with lawsuits levied against them since a fatal March tugboat crash on the Hudson River, according to lohud.com.

The bridge is being built by the Tappan Zee Constructors, a consortium of contractors. An attorney representing the consortium confirmed the limits were being sought, lohud.com said.

The parties appeared for a pre-motion conference at White Plains federal court, said the report.

New details have also emerged in the fatal tugboat accident that occurred at the Tappan Zee Bridge in March, according to a report by lohud.com.

The report references an unnamed source, who claims that Paul Crowley, captain of the Specialist-the tugboat that sank-was at the helm of a second tugboat, the Realist, while its captain, James Morrison, was preoccupied with a woman he had brought aboard.

The two tugboats, along with a third, were escorting a barge with a large crane.

Also killed in the accident were Harry Hernandez, 56, of Staten Island and Timothy Conklin, 29, of Westbury, N.Y. Amon, 63, was from Bayville, N.J. The families of all three have filed lawsuits against the constructors, a consortium member, and the owners of the Specialist tugboat.

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