Beer truck ends up over edge of 93 after crash

Truck over the guardrail. Photo by Matt.Truck over the guardrail. Photo by Matt.

Update, 4:15 p.m.: As crews began to try to get the cab back behind the guard rail, the MBTA shut Orange Line service, just in case, because the tracks run right under the crash site.

A crash involving a big truck and a small truck on I-93 north in Charlestown around 2:10 p.m. sent the larger vehicle dangling over the guardrail and the driver of the smaller truck to the hospital.

The larger truck, a Michelob tractor-trailer, ended up with its cab dangling off I-93 over the Leverett Connector, in the same general area as the voodoo Globe-truck incident a few days ago.

State Police shut the road in both directions as firefighters tried to deal with a detached fuel tank that was leaking across the road. Debris showered the connector ramp below.

Dangly bits. Photo by BFD.Dangly bits. Photo by Boston Fire Department.

Another view of the truck. Photo by Eric J. Wildman.Another view of the truck. Photo by Eric J. Wildman.

With the road shut, traffic on I-93 quickly backed up, through the O'Neill tunnel and as far back as Neponset Circle. Both a sand truck and a wrecker heading for the scene were stuck in traffic.

In the tunnel. Photo by Matt Thompson.In the tunnel. Photo by Matt Thompson.

On the verge. Photo by Boston Fire Department.Truck on the verge. Photo by Boston Fire Department.



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orange line

Just went thru N station and the orange line is now closed and is being bused from wellington to backbay. Now I'm sitting on a 111 on N Washington in the north end in traffic.

Ah yup, you can't get there from here today. Bad day for travel in Boston

I heard that traffic on 93

I heard that traffic on 93 Northbound is backed up beyond the Split all the way down to the South Pole and up and around to the North Pole, where the backup for 93 Southbound begins. Hopefully everyone has empty bottles in their cars, a la "Dumb and Dumber."

Who needs terrorists?

Routine traffic accidents are enough to cripple our meager road system here that lacks zero excess capacity and alternate routes. Instead of doing something sensible like building in redundancy, millions of dollars are spent removing vehicle lane miles (VLM) in Massachusetts and making bike lanes instead.

Yeah, sure, we're a great place to host the Olympics! This truck accident saved taxpayers a bundle on study, because the answer is that transportation is already lacking without added strain.


Instead of doing something sensible like building in redundancy

There's no such thing as redundancy in roads, since capacity is filled by virtue of it being there, not the other way around. Any "redundancy" will just make traffic even worse, as people become even less equated with alternative traffic routes.

You can't fix human nature, you can only engineer around it. And building LA style freeways in Boston would only make things exponentially worse. Especially for residents.

Clearly incorrect theory

capacity of roads are not filled everywhere, just where needed. I-93 and I-95 are packed around Boston, but not so much in northern NH and northern Maine. Clearly the road would be congested there if there were any truth at all to the theory. Is I-90 a parking lot in Wyoming or South Dakota? No. False theory. It doesn't take terrorists to demonstrate the fragility and under-designed nature of our transportation system. One thing to be said for bike lanes is that loss of one would have little impact.


There's a bike lane on I-93?

I know your zeal, but you're a bit off on this one. The Commonwealth just spent BILLIONS on this stretch of road (okay, not the whole amount on this one part, but still) yet nothing was done for bicycles. There's no way a completely redundant roadway system could be built at this area. 20 lanes under the Hub? Two Zakim Bunker Hill Bridges?

Have you and Saklad ever met up? Oh, that conversation would be fun to watch.

Idiotic plan to bury roads at fault

The Billions spent was excessive because more cost-effective elevated roads and rail lines are disliked by current urban planners. That also wouldn't put gas and oil tank trucks on local roads as the big dig has.

Having an extra margin of capacity does not mean duplicating routes. Its better to have multiple routes to get from A to B. For example, if there were an inner beltway, traffic could go around trouble spots.

With anti-transportation policies, people have to accept that equals anti-growth and live with being a sleepy, provincial town.

Not a buried road

Look, here's what I'm saying-

Not putting bike lanes in on city streets wouldn't have kept traffic from getting majorly f-ed yesterday. The inner belt wouldn't have helped either. Heck those people backed up at Braintree could have taken 128 or the Pike to get around. If the truck had gone over within a half mile of where it went, the inner belt would have been screwed too.

Sometimes it is policy decisions. You are stretching in this case.


Elevated is more cost effective?

If your dad builds bridges for a living, it is for him.


The cost to society of the resulting blight counts too, and so does throwing road salt around because it is "cheap".

You Still Really Don't Know How to Present an Argument

For this criticism, it seems you took something sensible - existence of alternate routes - and frame it in something non-nonsensical. No possible design is possible to alleviate an incident like this. It's too major an artery for anything to save it.

The logic of having multiple routes is fine. But multiple routes is means increase the ways to reach an area from more directions. Not to provide redundancy as in the ability to duplicate a top-capacity highway route. The Inner-Belt loop would the the last example to argue, it wouldn't have save this incident and there's major probabilities that its costs is far worse than you like (Cambridge would have not fared well with the loops, that may even affect the tech development of MIT including the tech explosion in the 70's and 80's) than its benefits.

Also, I view alternative routes as multi-modal network. Like the Orange Line as a redundant line and vice-versa with I-93. I sense you no hint you are including that in your considerations (and if you do, it would help to include that thought as it indicates balance rather than just looking for efficiency as you claim rather than to be pro-car - unless you view pro-car as the most efficient way which we then have a problem here). For increasing capacity, it would be more effective per-dollar if we improve the Orange line which would help alleviate I-93 too.

How a Herald photographer got his photos

Mark Garfinkel had some great photos of the truck, which he obviously got from close up. He explains how he got so close:

I donned my yellowish lime safety vest, that media photographers MUST wear while working on a roadway, and made sure my press pass was around my neck. Shortly after the Zakim bridge I pulled over as far left as I could go and ditched my car. My car was fully out of the way of any other emergency worker’s vehicle that was still enroute. I then grabbed my cameras and jogged the Rte 93 upper deck until I arrived at the accident scene at the Sullivan Sq. down ramp ...