A 22-year-old Needham man died around 1:20 a.m. when he was ejected from an SUV on the westbound side of Storrow Drive near the Bowker Overpass, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The driver of the GMC Sierra, also 22 and from Needham, was also ejected from the vehicle. He is in the ICU at Beth Israel Hospital with life-threatening injuries, the DA's office reports.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
New England Roadways tweets a tour bus heading outbound in the left lane on Storrow Drive got stuck at the Dartmouth Street footbridge around 10 a.m.
A Brookline cab driver who lost control exiting Storrow Drive at Park Drive wound up in the Muddy River this morning, the Boston Fire Department reports.
The cabbie got himself out of his vehicle OK; a tow truck and a hazmat crew responded to remove the cab and clean up anything it might have left behind.
This morning, Jeannie Vincent reported a traffic jam on Storrow Drive that suddenly ended around Fenway with no evidence of an accident.
If she'd been across the river on Mem. Drive, she could have stopped into the MIT mathematics department, where some researchers spent a fair amount of time studying these phantom traffic jams - and the way they're caused by waves they've dubbed jamitons:
Mike Champion sees reason for optimism in a town where companies often seem to flee for the other coast or get bought up by companies from far away. Even if you could care less about high tech, check out his post for a little bit of Storrow Drive nostalgia.
Karin really likes driving on Storrow, at least, after rush hour.
There's a semi on Storrow inbound just before (as opposed to just in) the BU Bridge, leading to all sorts of horrendous delays on Storrw and Soldiers Field Road.
Thanks to David Pekarsky for identifying the cause of the backup.
Penny Cherubino reports two pedestrian bridges between the Esplanade and the rest of the continent (Fairfield Street and Silber Way) will be shut through November for repairs. BU students take note that motorists go even faster on Storrow Drive sometimes than they do on Comm. Ave.
A second duck boat crashed this week as a piece of radio equipment lodged under the brake pedal of "Dorchester Dottie" according to the general manager of Boston Duck Tours. The driver was able to come to stop but not before causing damage to 7 cars that needed towing and 5 minor injuries.
The driver of an overloaded tractor-trailer apparently didn't think all those warning signs were for him, no sir, at least until the top of his truck met the bottom of the BU Bridge on Storrow Drive in Allston around lunchtime today. And then, somebody in a car rear-ended another car in the resulting pileup.
Thanks to Nichole Davis for the info.
Alert traffic spotter mdortch reports a gray charter bus just hit the overpass next to Mass. General.
Rob Sama reports Storrow Drive is still messed up.
WBZ's Traffic on the Threes just reported that Storrow Drive westbound is now backed up all the way to 93. The reporter said it's probably because of all the students moving in and, oh, yeah, the work crews in the righthand lane between Dartmouth and Mass. Ave.
Still no word of a sardine-canning, though.
Dave Alpert discusses douche lanes - lanes on local roads that are full of douchebag motorists, such as the far right lane at "the end of Storrow Drive - where it forks into Soldier's Field Road and the bridge over to Fresh Pond Parkway." But he wonders: Do the roads turn people into Massholes or are Massholes just naturally attracted to them?
Rob Sama reports that recent changes to Storrow Drive westbound at the Fenway/Kenmore exits have turned the road into "a veritable parking lot during rush hours." He posts a copy of a letter to his state rep.
This just in from Matthew Soleyn:
Some idiot in a tractor-trailer truck ignored "CARS ONLY" & "LOW CLEARANCE" signs &hit the Arthur Fielder Footbridge on Storrow Drive West.
Roving traffic reporter John Keith alerts us that a truck driver just narrowly avoided turning his vehicle into a peeled-back sardine can just before Mass. General; is now in the process of backing up to the Copley exit.
Another trucker was not so lucky.
Anybody know anything about a truck that sardine-canned on the eastbound side at the tunnel?
WBZ tweets it's already clear.
Channel 4 reports on the single-car smashup around 7:30 p.m. by the BU Bridge.