Written by Liz Giegerich
Update 4:44 p.m.:
The Hutchinson River Parkway North at Exit 30, King Street was reopened around 3:45 p.m. after a large steel beam fell on the roadway earlier today, according to state alerts.
The roadway under the bridge where the Hutch turns into the Merritt Parkway was closed after a four ton beam fell onto the roadway, almost crushing a White Plains' family's car around noon today. The beam was knocked off a tractor-trailer whose load was too large to make the bridge clearing.
No one was injured in the accident, police report. Traffic delays of up to half a mile in several directions were reported.
Update 3:15 p.m.:
Route 15 northbound remains closed at the New York-Connecticut state line while crews work to clear the scene where a tractor trailer accident took place earlier today.
According to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, traffic will detour off exit 30 of the Hutchinson Parkway back onto exit 27 of the Merritt Parkway.
The DOT gave no estimate of when the parkway would be opened.
A large steel beam fell off a tractor-trailer at the bridge
where the Hutchinson River Parkway turns into the Merritt Parkway around noon
causing traffic delays in all directions surrounding that area, authorities
Police are directing traffic off the Hutch, across King Street and onto the Merritt Parkway, Rye Brook Police Lt. Eugene Matthews said around 12:45 p.m.
The on ramp to the Hutch southbound off King Street is blocked off but the north ramp is still open.
Authorities need to bring in a crane to remove the large steel beam that weighs about three or four tons, Matthews said. Traffic will be backed up for a while, so avoid King Street near the Hutch and the Hutch and Merritt parkways.
A White Plains family was driving north to Connecticut when the beam fell and hit the front hood of their car.
“It was like something out of Final Destination,” said one of the young men who was in the car.
“I thought it was going to come straight through the windshield,” his brother said. The family was thankful that they were not injured but they were a little bit shook up from the experience, they said as their ride came to pick them up from the scene around 1 p.m.
“If it hit the car in front of us…the woman had a baby in the back and it would have hit them,” said Sharon Field, the boys' grandmother. “That is what has me a little shaken.”