Plow operator stops wrong-way driver on I-93

Stanley Staco reports a woman in a Mini Cooper with Rhode Island plates was very intent on driving north on the southbound side of I-93 in Quincy around 3:30 this morning.

State Police gave chase - and had the OK to ram the car - but a MassDOT plow driver positioned his vehicle to block the car, which promptly rammed it and then, being a Mini Cooper hitting a plow truck, stopped.

I-93 southbound was shut to let investigators reconstruct the incident - and to pick up the pieces of the car. No word on the condition of the driver or why she was on the wrong side of the highway yet.

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Why hitting a plow was preferable to stopping.

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Condition of driver

I really don't care for the condition of the wrong-way driver. How about the condition of the plow driver who put himself in her way to get her to stop but got rammed by the nutcase instead? Seeing as it was a MassDOT plow, I assume it was one of the ones built like a tank, so he's probably fine. But still, more concerned about him.

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He was driving a commercial plow truck. She was driving a mini-cooper. Pretty sure he's fine.

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If you have to tell people

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If you have to tell people multiple people that they missed the point, you did a terrible job actually making the point.

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Really?

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I understand the motives behind your concern but you did read "Mini Cooper" and "snowplow," right?

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Yes, I did

You may want to revisit my motives -- I think you missed the point.

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You may want to explain your point more clearly.

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Drunk driver or no, I don't think anyone's too worried about the plow driver--a commercial plow being "rammed" by a Mini is like a mastiff being attacked by a chihuahua; no matter the speed or ferocity, it's just not going to do much damage.

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I really do care about the condition of the wrong way driver

Maybe she was a criminal fleeing from a crime scene. Or maybe not. Maybe she was drunk out of her mind. Or maybe not. Maybe she was having a seizure, or maybe not. We don't know any of those things.

What we do know with certainty is that she is somebody's beloved daughter. And maybe someone's sister, mother, aunt, wife, girlfriend, neighbor, friend, or co-worker.

Compassion costs you nothing.

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Compassion costs you nothing.

Compassion costs you nothing.

What the hell are *you* doing in Boston with that sort of attitude? People in Boston act like showing compassion eats away at their bone marrow.

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The craziest part of that story

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Massachusetts has a "marked lane violation". She must have been on the only road in the entire state that has marked lanes.

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so, if she was arrested...

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then i'm assuming she survived fairly well - perhaps minicoopers are sturdier than we give them credit for.

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And that means what?

OK, so she is accused of OUI and generally acting like a crazed nutcase. Having lost friends to drunk drivers, I think OUI is pretty serious offense. I hope that if she is found guilty she is punished appropriately. That doesn't mean I don't have compassion for her, or that I wish that she were injured or killed.

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Whooo!

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One really has to ask why the hell the woman was driving the wrong way on the Southbound side of I-93 in the first place.

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Sure

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Apparently people are ignorant of Hypoglycemia and other medical conditions.

There's a good chance she was just some drunk, but it's always smart to check and verify these things.

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Got to love a MINI

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MINI taking on a snowplow head on and the driver can still fight with the cops. They should throw her in jail but everyone needs to drive a MINI.

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Not "wrong-way", salmoning

The more politically correct, non-judgmental, hipster term for going the "wrong-way" is salmoning. She simply made her own contraflow travel lane.

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