Driving

By - 7/15/14 - 8:31 pm
What happens when the fire extinguisher goes off at a gas station

Vera photographed a seeming impossibility this evening: Snow in July - at the Centre Street Gibbs station.

Marc W reports the overhead fire extinguishers went off for some reason at the station (Boston Police report it was just baking soda). He also took a photo:

By - 7/15/14 - 2:21 pm

Mayor Walsh says he loves him some apps, but not one that alerts people to the nearest metered parking spaces - and let's them alert other users that they're about to leave. In a statement today, the mayor says the city will fight Haystack, which recently launched in Boston

In a statement, he says:

At this time, we are not engaged with Haystack in

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By - 7/14/14 - 7:44 pm

State Police say they've identified a Chelsea man as the person who caused a crash that injured five people on the Tobin Bridge around 11:30 a.m. and that once they find him will charge him with a variety of offenses, including speeding and leaving the scene of an accident.

State Police say the Corolla driver, 38, ran down the ramp from the lower deck into... Read more

By - 7/12/14 - 10:11 am

Kevin Wiles and Boston EMS Incidents report a woman was hit by a white pickup around 5 a.m. at River and Washington streets.

Wiles reports she was pronounced dead at Carney Hospital. Boston Police report she was 32.... Read more

By - 7/11/14 - 2:57 pm
Smoke from fire on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston

Kait photographed the smoke rising from a car fire on the inbound turnpike under Washington Street shortly after noon today - not long after another car went up in flames on River Street at Rosa Street in Hyde Park.

Dessert1st got a view of the smoke plume from higher up:

By - 7/10/14 - 3:11 pm

Beacon Street between Audubon Circle and Kenmore Square was shut to both vehicles and pedestrians for about 30 minutes this afternoon so police could examine a Budget truck that was parked on the bridge over the turnpike without any license plates. After examining the truck and determining there was nothing threatening, police re-opened the street around 3 p.m.

By - 7/10/14 - 2:52 pm
Half naked Santa Claus in the Fenway

Stuck in the cluster that is the Muddy River work in front of Landmark Center today, roving UHub photographer Brian had plenty of time to observe Half Naked Santa Guy, who has been jauntily jaunting about the Boston area for years now, at least, in warmer weather.

By - 7/9/14 - 7:38 pm

After seeing a report on Boston Reddit from a motorist who said something fell and almost hit her car, maintenance crews went through the tunnel twice yesterday looking for evidence of something falling from the ceiling, a MassDOT spokesman says:

Our crews found nothing to indicate something had fallen from the ceiling of the tunnel and no debris or loose material on the ground

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By - 7/8/14 - 11:31 pm

UPDATE: State officials say they couldn't find any evidence of anything falling from the ceiling.

Am_Sci reports:

I was driving southbound through the O'Neill tunnel earlier this afternoon, when a long, rectangular, and apparently heavy object fell from the ceiling into the lane in front of me. It was accompanied by a plume of dust that quickly cleared.

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By - 7/8/14 - 5:29 pm

The state says it's permanently blocking the leftmost cash lane on the bridge tonight as it begins to prod motorists into getting an E-Z Pass transponder in preparation for all electronic toll collection later this year.

If you have a fondness for the leftmost tollbooth, visit it before 10 tonight.

By - 7/8/14 - 8:27 am

A man walked onto I-93 southbound at South Bay around 1 a.m., and popped into the high-speed lane - where he was promptly struck and killed by a Mercedes, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. The man, 38, from Boston, did not survive.

The driver, a 47-year-old man from Brockton, stayed at the scene, the DA's office says:

The operator remained at the scene,

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By - 7/6/14 - 11:02 pm

Around 10:50 a.m. Because of the severity of the victim's injuries, the homicide unit was called in, just in case. The intersection is shut for an investigation; MBTA buses have to find a way around it.

By - 7/5/14 - 10:48 am

This site has video of a Somerville cop who just walks back and forth in a crosswalk, signaling drivers who don't stop for him to a uniformed cop in a nearby cruiser, who then pulls the Massholes over and issues them citations. For some reason, the site thinks trying to keep drivers from plowing into pedestrians who have the right of way is wrong.... Read more

By - 7/3/14 - 8:34 am
Truck on Storrow Drive

HighHeatStats shows a storrowed truck near Mass General shortly before 8 a.m.

By - 7/1/14 - 9:06 am

Shortly before 9 a.m., landed on Terminal Street in Charlestown, didn't survive. The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:

It appears that the deceased was on foot and went over the rail on the northbound side of the bridge.

By - 6/30/14 - 11:46 pm
Flaming car in Cambridge

Stephanie happened upon the aftermath of a carBQ at Western Avenue and Putnam Street in Cambridge tonight.

By - 6/30/14 - 1:48 pm

A Suffolk County grand jury has declined to return an indictments against Ricky Prezioso, 42, of Swampscott, whose garbage truck struck and killed Owen McGrory of Chelsea in April.

The move surprised prosecutors at the Suffolk County District Attorney's office, which in a statement, says:

In light of the Grand Jury’s decision, prosecutors are essentially left without a criminal case, but we have

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