Driving

By - 9/30/14 - 5:38 pm
Storrowed truck peeled back on Soldiers Field Road in Boston

State Police report that shortly after 1 p.m., the driver of a box truck became the driver of a storrowed box truck thanks to a low-hanging bridge on Soldiers Field Road inbound, near where it turns into Storrow Drive.

As a result of the driver's reading problems, one lane had to be shut until the newly shorn truck could be removed.... Read more

By - 9/29/14 - 5:49 pm
Bus vs. car in downtown Boston

B. Moynihan shows us what happens when two objects try to occupy the same space at the same time - granted, a bus and a car in the area of Federal and Franklin rather than two electrons, but the principle's the same, no?

By - 9/27/14 - 10:22 am

State Police report arresting a Brockton man after he allegedly drove into a school bus on I-93 north in Quincy around 3:40 p.m. yesterday

Police say they didn't have much trouble catching up with Zacarriah Peeples, 22:

Peeples fled on foot from his vehicle after the crash but became stuck on the top of a fence which had barbed wire.

No students on the... Read more

By - 9/26/14 - 8:58 pm
Subura with ABIDES plate in Dedham

Spotted this evening outside the Dedham Five Guys and Chipotle.

By - 9/26/14 - 2:19 pm

Always check the trunk for pythons before you drive off.

Scott Kirsner comments:

I prefer to bring my own python. Hate paying rental car companies' $28/day python-in-trunk fee.

By - 9/26/14 - 2:09 pm
Crazed state form for recovering lost E-ZPass account number in Massachusetts

Kevin T. Vine was not much amused when he went to the MassDOT page for recovering his E-ZPass number only to see that "account number" is a required field to recover it. He adds:

I actually just spoke to a Cust Svc rep at @MassGov who said they're aware of it but doing nothing.

... Read more
By - 9/26/14 - 9:18 am
SUV crashed at Milk Street in downtown Boston

Steph Liu reports the crash happened around 8:30 a.m. on Milk and Arch streets, which she knows because she works in the building.

Amy DiSciullo also photographed the scene.

By - 9/26/14 - 8:24 am

WBZ takes a look at truck drivers using smartphone-based GPSes rather than getting more expensive systems aimed at truckers that include hazards such as, oh, Storrow Drive.

Ed. note: But let's not forget that cheapo GPSes are making car drivers stupider, too.

By - 9/25/14 - 11:29 am
Renderings of an Allston Esplanade and new development at Beacon Yards

Renderings from the Boston Society of Architects Beacon Yards Urban Design Workshop

Last week, two teams organized by the Boston Society of Architects proposed that the $260M reconstruction of the Mass Pike in Allston should include a great new public place and civic amenity along the Charles River.

Monday is the deadline to send comments on this project to [email protected]

Images from the BSA presentations and a sample comment letter to MassDOT are online at... Read more

By - 9/25/14 - 8:58 am
Newton crash

But the driver of an SUV apparently trying to park at the new Rte. 9 mall with the Wegmans gave them one this morning.

By - 9/25/14 - 8:56 am
Aftermath of car crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike

Patty Neal was among commuters who had plenty of time this morning to consider what exactly caused this crash on the turnpike westbound in Boston.

By - 9/25/14 - 8:43 am
Storrowed truck at Bowker Overpass

Ric Duarte was among commuters who had plenty of time this morning to consider the impressive sardine-canning of a truck whose driver learned the Bowker Overpass is not meant for his ilk.

Antoinette Antonio reports the box truck is wedged in nice and tight, so it's going to take some work to get it out.

State Police report the driver suffered minor injuries.... Read more

By - 9/23/14 - 4:05 pm

Dedham Police report they are investigating whether solar glare contributed to a crash this morning that left an elderly Dedham woman dying in her church's parking lot.

According to police, Anne McIntyre, 70, was crossing High Street shortly before 7 a.m. to get to mass at St. Mary's Church, 420 High St.. "She was struck by a 2013 Nissan Frontier pickup truck driven by... Read more

By - 9/23/14 - 1:42 pm

Boston Police report the driver of a car that collided with a Boston ambulance at Beacon and Fairfield streets around 11:30 p.m. on Monday was taken to Boston Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead about 90 minutes later.

Two EMTs in the ambulance were also transported - in another ambulance, to Boston Medical Center - for treatment of minor injuries. They were on their... Read more

By - 9/23/14 - 8:02 am
Parking issue in South Boston

Ryan O. came out of his home this morning to find his car like this, on East Broadway:

The joys of trying to get to work while living in Southie!

He updates that the story had a happy ending: His neighbors knew whose cars those were and their phone numbers and just kept calling them until one finally answered and came out to move... Read more

By - 9/23/14 - 7:56 am

Boston today launches an app to let people pay their parking tickets via their smartphones.

TicketZen, available for both Android and iOS devices, lets users scan the bar code at the bottom of their tickets, which will connect their payment information to the city's ticket-paying system.

The app provides a smoother user experience than navigating to the City’s parking ticket payment website from

... Read more
By - 9/23/14 - 7:47 am

UPDATE: Police report the driver of the car died.

Jil Murphy reports it happened around 11:30 p.m. on Monday at Fairfield and Beacon streets. Stanley Staco reports serious injuries.

This is the same intersection where two pedestrians were killed in a crash in June.

Photo of the scene.... Read more

By - 9/18/14 - 1:34 pm
Stuck truck in Fields Corner

From the "How do they even do that?" department comes this picture, by Fields Corner Main Street, of a truck whose driver tried but failed to make a U-turn at a major intersection shortly after 1 p.m.

By - 9/18/14 - 1:26 pm
Audi on fire on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge.

Jimmy Doan happened upon this flaming car a little after 1 p.m. on Massachusetts Avenue near MIT and Memorial Drive.

He reports nobody was inside the car, at least not when he arrived.

Anson Stewart captured the Mass. Ave. scene from the other side of the road and behind the car:

By - 9/18/14 - 9:37 am

What will happen here after spending $250 million of our money?

Tonight at 6:30 at the Jackson Mann Community Center, learn how MassDOT plans to spend 250 million public dollars to rebuild the Mass Pike in Allston.

At 4:30, learn how the Boston Society of Architects thinks this project should start the transformation of one of the last major piece of developable land in Boston.

Both meetings will be at the Jackson Mann Community Center, 500... Read more

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