Back Bay smashup involves firetruck, lots of cars

Crash at Commonwealth Avenue and Dartmouth Street

Penny Cherubino happened on this scene at Commonwealth Avenue and Dartmouth Street around 11:45 a.m., reports that ten cars were hit - or damaged in a chain reaction among parked vehicles.

She reports it appears the truck and one car got into a collision in the intersection, then the truck continued into a line of parked cars.

Firetruck crash in the Back Bay
Firetruck in the Back Bay
Firetruck crash in the Back Bay

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helicopters

Seems like you just need to get one up in the air in the morning and just start filming. No end of incidents.

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Filming a movie?

Whoh ... Looks like a stunt set up for an action movie!

Here's hoping that injuries are minimal.

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Why

Would that be a problem? The whole street is blocked.

Only a problem when special snow flakes like yourself decide that the lanes are special anytime parking just for special drivers who are special!

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Worst non-sequitur of the

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Worst non-sequitur of the week award right there, and it's only a Monday.

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Probably not

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There was another car on the Comm ave mall sidewalk with the front torn off. Guessing someone didn't yield or that had something to do with the fire truck plowing into the parked cars.

Echoing swirly hope all r ok. Lots of property damage for sure.

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Yeah, if this is the fault of

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Yeah, if this is the fault of the red car in one of the pictures above, hope they have enough coverage for property damage to others.

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Must have been moving fast.

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That firetruck had to be moving at a pretty good clip to carry on to clip all the other parked cars and then run up on and over the curb.

What's the speed limit there?

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At the risk of dabbling in physics

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F is irrelevant. It's almost certain that the magnitude of a was very small, 0, or may be in the opposite direction of v (i.e. it was braking).

What you care about is momentum.

p = mv

The truck did, indeed, have lots of m, even if the magnitude of its v was small.

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Lights and Sirens

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Lights and Siren = No Speed Limit

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May exceed speed limit, but stiil

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has to drive for conditions:

From MGL Chapter 89, Section 7B:

The driver of a vehicle of a fire, police or recognized protective department and the driver of an ambulance shall be subject to the provisions of any statute, rule, regulation, ordinance or by-law relating to the operation or parking of vehicles, except that a driver of fire apparatus while going to a fire or responding to an alarm, or the driver of a vehicle of a police or recognized protective department or the driver of an ambulance, in an emergency and while in performance of a public duty or while transporting a sick or injured person to a hospital or other destination where professional medical services are available, may drive such vehicle at a speed in excess of the applicable speed limit if he exercises caution and due regard under the circumstances for the safety of persons and property (emphasis added)and may drive such vehicle through an intersection of ways contrary to any traffic signs or signals regulating traffic at such intersection if he first brings such vehicle to a full stop and then proceeds with caution and due regard for the safety of persons and property, unless otherwise directed by a police officer regulating traffic at such intersection. The driver of any such approaching emergency vehicle shall comply with the provisions of section fourteen of chapter ninety when approaching a school bus which has stopped to allow passengers to alight or board from the same, and whose red lamps are flashing.

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