Tun­nel crash snarls I-93

Trac­tor-trailer slams into ceil­ing of O’Neill

Boston Herald - - NEWS - By KATH­LEEN MCKIERNAN and MARY MARKOS — kath­leen.mckiernan@boston­her­ald.com

A trac­tor-trailer that slammed into the top of the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Tun­nel early yes­ter­day morn­ing snarled traf­fic from Bos­ton’s north­ern sub­urbs. The truck, owned by Snap Truck­ing Fleet of Iro­quois, On­tario, was headed south­bound on In­ter­state 93 in Bos­ton when it en­tered the tun­nel af­ter 5:30 a.m. The top of the truck, car­ry­ing a piece of fil­tra­tion equip­ment, scraped the ceil­ing just be­fore exit 20, Mas­sachusetts Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials and state po­lice said. The driver, a 59-year-old On­tario man, was cited for an over­height and over­width ve­hi­cle, state po­lice said. The in­ci­dent is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated. The Mas­sachusetts Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion in­spected the tun­nel ceil­ing and found “no ma­jor dam­age,” MassDOT said in a state­ment. All lanes re­opened by 8:20 a.m. but the crash caused traf­fic to slow. To al­le­vi­ate the traf­fic on I-93 south­bound, crews moved the de­bris from the crash onto an­other nearby ramp, which meant that the I-93 south­bound ramp from Lin­coln and Es­sex streets was closed un­til about 9:30 a.m. yes­ter­day. Gov. Char­lie Baker said he was re­lieved no one was hurt dur­ing the in­ci­dent. “I think the most im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber here is that no­body got hurt,” Baker said. “Clearly that truck did not be­long in the tun­nel and the ac­ci­dent that it cre­ated could have in­jured peo­ple, maybe even se­verely. No one was hurt. “I get the fact that it cre­ated an enor­mous tan­gle for ev­ery­body as­so­ci­ated with their com­mute stretched way up onto the North Shore. I live on the North Shore so I was one of the peo­ple that was af­fected by that,” Baker added. “I think the most im­por­tant thing is, it shouldn’t have been there. There are a ton of signs posted that would have made clear that that ve­hi­cle shouldn’t have been in the tun­nel, but that aside, you know, thank­fully no­body got hurt.”

NI­CO­LAUS CZARNECKI / BOS­TON HER­ALD

WHOOPS: The heav­ily dam­aged con­tainer, above, in­volved in the early morn­ing crash, be­low, in the Thomas P. O'Neill Jr. Tun­nel is seen at the Todisco Tow lot yes­ter­day.

COUR­TESY OF MASSDOT

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