Driver Cited After Crashing Truck Into O'Neill Tunnel - NBC10 Boston

Driver Cited After Crashing Truck Into O'Neill Tunnel

The on-ramp to Interstate 93 southbound from Lincoln and Essex streets was closed for an extended period of time, causing massive traffic delays

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    Truck Crash in O'Neil Tunnel Causes Massive Backup

    Officials with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation are still trying to figure out how the roof of a flat bed truck hit the ceiling of the Tip O' Neil Tunnel on Interstate 93 southbound in Boston Thursday morning, causing a major traffic jam.

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018)

    What to Know

    • There were major delays on I-93 southbound into Boston on Thursday after a tractor-trailer's load hit the ceiling in the Tip O'Neill Tunnel.

    • Video from the crash showed the tractor trailer's load hitting the ceiling of the tunnel.

    • The driver of the vehicle has been cited for having an overheight and overwidth truck, state police said.

    Massachusetts State Police say they have cited the driver of the tractor-trailer that crashed into the ceiling of Boston's Tip O'Neill Tunnel on Thursday morning, causing major backups around the city.

    The 59-year-old driver, whose name has not been released, has been cited for driving an overheight and overwidth truck, state police said. There were no other violations.

    The accident caused for a nightmare commute for almost anyone heading into or near Boston. Traffic on Interstate 93 ground to a halt, with delays of up to two hours for some.

    The truck's load hit the ceiling of the tunnel around 5:30 a.m., according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The truck was owned by Snap Trucking Fleet in Ontario, Canada, and was carrying a piece of filtration equipment.

    WATCH: Tractor Trailer Takes Out Part of O'Neill Tunnel

    [NECN] WATCH: Tractor Trailer Takes Out Part of O'Neill Tunnel

    Traffic is backed up for miles on Interstate 93 southbound heading to Boston

    (Published Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018)

    Although all lanes have since reopened, commuters on the southbound expressway of I-93 in particular had major delays to contend with after the crash jammed traffic on the Zakim Bridge.

    The on-ramp to I-93 south from Lincoln and Essex streets was also closed as the cleanup from the crash continued. A MassDOT spokesperson said debris from the crash was moved to the on-ramp in order to open I-93 for travel, and that on-ramp was closed for an extended period of time.

    MassDOT video of the crash shows the flatbed truck's load, which appeared to be a white container, hitting the tunnel's ceiling, causing debris to litter the ground. 

    The driver of the truck was not injured in the crash, but state police say debris from the crash damaged at least two other vehicles.

    The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


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