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Tappan Zee Accident Kills 1, Injures 4; Wrong-Way Head-On Crash

Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 09:52 AM

By Alexandra Ward


One woman died and four others were injured in a five-car accident on the Tappan Zee Bridge on Tuesday night after a  man driving the wrong way crashed head-on into another vehicle.

Police said Hannah Ayeh-Brachie, 56, was killed when Michael Schechel, 69, smashed his Ford Explorer into the Nissan that she was a passenger in, according to The Journal News.

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Schechel, of Thiells, N.Y., had been driving southbound on the northbound lane of the Tappan Zee Bridge shortly before 9 p.m. when he struck Ayeh-Brachie's vehicle, causing it to roll multiple times before coming to a stop on its roof.



The collision triggered a pileup when a third vehicle, driven by Juan Robles, 34, of the Bronx, swerved to avoid Schechel's SUV and hit Ayeh-Brachie's Nissan, driven by Newman Ayeh-Brachie, 57, of Hillcrest, N.Y.



A fourth driver then rear-ended Robles, while a fifth sideswiped Schechel's car.

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Hannah Ayeh-Brachie was pronounced dead at the scene. The other injured victims were transported to Nyack Hospital, where they were said to be in serious and critical conditions, MYFOXNY.com reported.

No charges were filed in the incident but the accident closed the Rockland-bound side of the Tappan Zee for more than six hours overnight as police worked to clean up the mess.

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