In what will go down in the record books as one of the most Boston of truck crashes ever, a driver from Georgia who reports getting discombobulated by a GPS that put him on Storrow Drive somehow wound up near the top of Beacon Hill from which he rolled down Walnut Street and then was unable to stop as his 18-wheeler plowed across Beacon and down some stairs onto the Common, around 11:50 a.m.
â€” Animal Rescue League (@ARLBostonRescue) July 16, 2014
Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald reports:
Called to car parked in front of 88 Beacon St. at 12:38pm with an unattended dog inside. Was called in by a Traffic Enforcement Officer. We unlocked the car using tools we carry for such things. No damage to the out of state car. Dog did not appear to be in distress. Unknown how long unattended. Animal Rescue took procession of dog.
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.
A concerned citizen posts a photo of some uneven sidewalk bricks on Beacon Street across from the Common, says it's time for the city to spring for some rat poison, pronto:
Rats under side walk burrowing and causing sink holes.
UPDATE update: Not charged, as authorities try to figure out who was really driving.
UPDATE, Tuesday a.m.: Ghuzlan Alghazali will be arraigned this morning in Boston Municipal Court on two counts of motor vehicle homicide, one count of negligent operation of a motor vehicle and one count of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Judd Weiskopf was on Beacon Street when the first fire trucks arrived at 298 Beacon - including Ladder 24 from Cambridge Street - as well as Engine 33 and Ladder 15 from Boylston Street.
His series of photos, taken between 2:48 and 3:07 p.m., show the smoke intensifying rapidly - they would culminate in a wind-blown conflagration that claimed the lives of two firefighters.
Lt. Ed Walsh of Engine 33 and firefighter Michael Kennedy of Ladder 15 died this afternoon in the basement of a Beacon Street building they had rushed into to help save residents trapped on topped floors, fire officials said at a press conference tonight.
"It's a sad day for the city of Boston," Mayor Walsh said. "We lost 2 heroes here today."
UPDATE: WBZ reports two of the firefighters have died.
298 Beacon St. Nine alarms. Firefighters from Engine 33 were trapped without water. Three taken out with injuries, one in critical condition.
Prosecutors from the Suffolk County District Attorney's office are now on scene, standard procedure when a victim has life-threatening injuries.
At one point, commanders ordered all firefighters out of the four-story brownstone, built in 1871 and once owned by Oliver Wendell Holmes.
WBZ reports on an incident last night in a building on Beacon Street.
Death pointed a bony finger at an inbound Red Line train at Charles/MGH shortly before 4 p.m. A trolley on the C Line departed this mortal coil before it could get to Cleveland Circle.
You get a delay! And you get a delay! And you get a delay!
Trains lapsed into unconsciousness on the Red Line and the C, D and E trolley lines. But the Orange Line saved the worst for last: A dead train at Ruggles that sat there for nearly 20 minutes before operators got the idea to get the train behind it to push it out of the way a little after 9 a.m.
Anna Lawless was on the pusher train:
After sitting outside Ruggles for 20 mins, we seem to be pushing the disabled train ahead of us.
Boston Police report they are looking for three men who got out of a car in Audubon Circle around 2:50 a.m. Saturday to pummel a BU student who objected to them trying to run him down as he crossed the street.
"The victim stated the suspects assaulted him by punching and kicking him," police say, adding he was taken to Brigham and Women's in critical condition. Police say they are looking for three black men in a dark-colored sedan.
Unfortunately, it was a regular trolley that slipped off its tracks at Coolidge Corner, around 10:30 a.m. The good news is that no one was injured and that it happened after rush hour. The bad news is that people who do want to get somewhere between Cleveland Circle and Kenmore now have to take a shuttle bus - or walk over the B or D lines.
Seems Fisher College wants to expand on Beacon Street and some Back Bay residents are organizing to prevent the collapse of western civilization this would bring about.
Turlach MacDonagh spotted this Town Taxi cab on Beacon Street the other day: