911 tapes from fatal wrong-way crash on Tappan Zee Bridge released

Michael Schechel, of Thiells, was allegedly having an anxiety attack when he drove the wrong way onto the the bridge, apparently ignoring headlights and horns along the way.

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RYE - News 12 has obtained the 911 tapes from a deadly wrong-way accident on the Tappan Zee Bridge.

The accident involved five cars and claimed the life of one woman on July 23.

Michael Schechel, of Thiells, was allegedly having an anxiety attack when he drove the wrong way onto the the bridge, apparently ignoring headlights and horns along the way.

Police say Schechel smashed into a car driven by Newman Brachee. Brachee was injured during the incident and his wife of 30 years, Hanna Ayeh Brachee, was killed.

The deadly collision caused a chain reaction accident on the span and shut down the bridge for hours.

The 911 audio tapes of the incident depict both motorists and law enforcement officials trying to make sense of the chaos. It also includes officials asking for an ambulance and explaining how Schechel needed to be extracted from his mangled Ford Explorer.
 

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