Updated with info from BFD.
An annual event that lets car enthusiasts show off their modified rides at the Post Office Square garage ended a bit early when the Boston Fire Department arrived to figure out why smoke detectors went off and wound up evacuating the garage due to elevated carbon-monoxide levels.
More than 200 Masstuning enthusiasts had gathered on level 3 of the six-floor garage when the alarms went off around 8 p.m. A Fire Department spokesman reports:
WCVB reports on the fatal crash this afternoon on Waldemar Avenue. The driver stopped and waited for police.
Brookline Police alert us that the town is lifting its famous overnight parking ban on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Morrissey sign programmers should find something good in their stockings.
Around 6:15 near the Park Street crossing, R.S.Y. Buchanan reports. He adds the driver of the car got out before the crash.
Arlington Police report a Salvation Army bell ringer outside the Walgreens at 1425 Mass. Ave. was pinned under a car around 12:45 p.m. when the driver, an 87-year-old Arlington man, mistook its front doors and awning for a drive-thru window.
Police say the bell ringer, a 50-year-oldn Boston man, was taken to the hospital with leg injuries that are serious but not life-threatening, after a good Samaritan who happens to work at a nearby gas station rushed over with a vehicle floor jack to get the car off him.
A concerned citizen complains about the way those extra parking spaces were added to Washington Street south of Forest Hills, creating a sudden swerve on an otherwise straight road:
Truck parked completely blocking bike lane because the parking spots along the side of the road are still there. Please get rid of the parking on the street in front of the harvest co-op. It is not necessary as there is a large parking lot. You are jeopardizing bicyclists lives every single day. Please make sure the mayor and Commissioner gilooly see this.
Tom Reiner photographed the car that flipped on the turnpike under Mass. Ave. and Boylston Street around 7 p.m. He reports there didn't seem to be any injuries.
Greg Hum spotted this car in Cambridge this morning.
State Police report a truck that self immolated around 9 a.m. on 128 south at the Reading/Stoneham line forced a shutdown of the southbound side of the highway. All lanes were reopened shortly after 10 a.m.
Jed Hresko captured a crew hooking up a generator to get the traffic lights around South Station working again after they went out right at rush hour.
Patrick Marshall captured the moment when a car near the inbound end of Storrow Drive burst into flames, around 3:15 p.m.
Boston Magazine reports how Herb Chambers did just that with some spaces in front of his dealership on Comm. Ave. in Allston.
Sgt. Luke Taxter at District D-4 reports:
Tire thefts are up in the city with newer Hondas being targeted most frequently.
Capt. John Greland at District C-6 reports that around 4 a.m. yesterday, police found a car outside 840 Summer St. with the engine, radio and wipers all running but "nobody in it, blood all over the steering wheel."
About 3 1/2 hours later, he reports, officers found the owner, who "stated he spent the night in the hospital and doesn't know what happened."
State Police report a truck lost some concrete on I-93 northbound at exit 29 sometime after 10 a.m., forcing troopers to close all but the left lane while a crew cleaned up the mess.
WBZ reports a woman crossing Washington Street a couple blocks north of the entrance to the Dedham Mall was fatally hit by a car heading into Dedham - whose driver just kept on going - around 10:45 p.m. on Friday.
Dedham Police report they are looking for:
A 2000-2006 Ford Escape - passenger side headlight and side mirror damage.
WHDH reports the state is rescinding its only-one-in-the-nation ban on gas pump clips - those things that let you set the gas pump going and then keep on going without you having to hold onto the trigger.
Roving UHub photographer Stephen Hartman happened upon the latest crash, around 6:30 p.m., at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Allston Street, where the traffic signals exert a strange pull on motor vehicles.