A driver in New York barely avoided being flattened on a bridge last week when a semi lost its load and flopped over in front of him. A mechanical failure is to blame for the dramatic crash that closed the Tappan Zee Bridge in South Nyack, NY, during Friday morning's busy commute. The northbound side of the bridge was closed for four hours as clean up crews worked to clear debris from the road, The Journal News reported.

The truck crashed shortly after passing the toll barrier. The crash was so violent that the cement barrier was pushed into the southbound lane. Police told The Journal that the crash occurred after the truck's suspension system failed. Without the suspension system the trailer skidded across several lanes before coming to rest on its side on the bridge. Clean up crews spent hours gathering every piece of scrap metal to prevent flat tires when regular traffic resumed. Five cars were struck by flying metal and debris, but damages were minor. No one was hurt in the crash.

"It's a surprise the (tractor) driver wasn't injured," New York State Trooper John Finaro told The Journal. "He must have been buckled in tight." Finaro added that there are currently no charges against the truck driver, but police are still investigating the incident.

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