State Police report a 19-year-old Suffolk University student from China died early this morning when his car somehow flew upward and hit the ceiling of the Pru tunnel eastbound at the Back Bay exit.
The driver of the 2013 Audi A8, Yao Cao, who lived in Brookline, was declared dead at the scene after the crash around 2:15 a.m., State Police say. His passenger was taken to a local hospital and is expected to survive, State Police say.
The car took down wires and cables along the tunnel ceiling, State Police say, adding the crash remains under investigation.
State Police report somebody rigged up a system this afternoon to make hoax calls across the region that appeared to be coming from its South Boston barracks:
When the call recipients answered, they were told to hold for an officer regarding a complaint or warrant that had been issued against them. The “officer” then told the call recipients they were to get money - in some cases several thousand dollars - and meet police at local shopping centers to resolve the matter.
State Polilce say the calls, which showed up as being from 617-740-7710 - were all hoaxes, and that anybody who gets one should just hang up immediately. State Police say that neither they nor any other police department would call somebody up to announce a criminal complaint, let alone then demand money.
Corrected to note it was the Green Line, not the Red Line.
Lisa Johnson recounts the day she was rushing to the Green Line when she swerved to get around somebody near the yellow warning strip, lost her balance and fell on the tracks:
I think I may have been in shock, because I was just lying on the tracks trying to get my bearings. I don’t remember if it was me actively trying to get up and people grabbing my hands as I reached up or people just grabbing my hands and pulling me up. Either way, there were two sets of hands pulling me up.