Ryan went for a walk this morning and captured Boston Harbor and the Tobin Bridge.
UPDATE: 9:07 p.m. Negotiators succeeded in talking him down and he's now in police custody.
The Tobin Bridge is shut to inbound traffic as Boston and State Police negotiators try to convince a man who climbed the girders up to the top to come down. Just in case, the Coast Guard and the Boston Fire Department have personnel stationed on and near the Mystic River.
Samantha Irene photographed the bridge without traffic.
Be Brilliant got a bird's-eye view of Boston Harbor, the Mystic River and the Tobin this morning.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:
State Police investigating an abandoned motor vehicle on the Tobin Bridge at about 6:40 this morning observed the body of its apparent owner on a Charlestown street below the bridge. A death investigation is now under way by State Police detectives and other specialized units. The evidence does not currently suggest foul play.
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports on an incident shortly before 7:30 p.m.:
State Police detectives assigned to the Suffolk DA's office, along with uniformed troopers and specialized State Police units, are on the upper deck of the Tobin Bridge and on the street below in Charlestown for a death investigation involving an adult who left a motor vehicle and went over the rail. The preliminary evidence does not suggest foul play, but the investigation is still in its early stages.
Chelsea Police report Officer Paul McCarthy received an award for saving the life of Mostafa Laassal, who, allegedly, on being pursued by police after stabbing his wife, jumped off the top level of the Tobin Bridge, only to be snared in safety netting installed for workers on the bridge repainting project:
Traffic across the Tobin Bridge came to a halt around 10 a.m. when a man being pursued by Chelsea Police jumped out of a livery car, went to the side of the bridge and jumped.
Ted Pendergast reports he got caught in safety netting set up for the bridge repainting project. He'd brought a knife with him and tried cutting through the netting, but first responders managed to get to him before he could. They "packaged" him and put him in an ambulance for transport to a nearby hospital.
A T bus (maybe a 111) died on its way across the Tobin shortly after 7 a.m., forcing its riders to transfer to a 426 bus in mid-span - some 254 feet above the Mystic River. A.P. Blake, who shot the video, reports:
We're about to transfer passengers from one bus to another... IN THE MIDDLE OF THE TOBIN!
Just blocked traffic across Tobin for a solid minute. Moving now.
The state begins its new toll-plaza-less tolling system on the Tobin tomorrow. Drivers with EZ-Pass transponders will have $2.50 added to their bill for every inbound trip. Drivers without the transponders will have their license plates photographed and scanned and a bill for $3 will go to the registered owner of the vehicle for each trip.
State Police say they've identified a Chelsea man as the person who caused a crash that injured five people on the Tobin Bridge around 11:30 a.m. and that once they find him will charge him with a variety of offenses, including speeding and leaving the scene of an accident.
State Police say the Corolla driver, 38, ran down the ramp from the lower deck into Chelsea, leaving his passenger, a 38-year-old woman from Roxbury, to fend for herself.
The state says it's permanently blocking the leftmost cash lane on the bridge tonight as it begins to prod motorists into getting an E-Z Pass transponder in preparation for all electronic toll collection later this year.
If you have a fondness for the leftmost tollbooth, visit it before 10 tonight.
Shortly before 9 a.m., landed on Terminal Street in Charlestown, didn't survive. The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports:
It appears that the deceased was on foot and went over the rail on the northbound side of the bridge.
MassDOT said today it's begun firing up the new toll system that will replace the current Tobin toll plaza this summer:
The cameras and technology, necessary to collect tolls at the posted speed limit, are in place as motorists exit the Tobin Bridge to Rutherford Ave or Interstate 93 (customers may notice a flash associated with this testing). MassDOT will work to limit the intensity of the flash by altering the ambient lighting at the toll collection site. The cameras are capturing license plate images which will allow MassDOT to bill vehicle owners who do not have an E-ZPass transponder.
Explain what this is? Recently put up after getting off Tobin Bridge headed to 93SB.
On Terminal Street in Charlestown, around 11 a.m. An empty car was found shortly after on the bridge itself.
UPDATE: The Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports the man was a 37-year-old Newburyport resident. "Uniformed troopers and State Police detectives from our office are investigating, but the death is currently being investigated as a non-homicide."
And at these heights, I can see why.
Firefighters from Boston and Chelsea, State Police troopers and the Boston Fire Marine Unit all converged on the Tobin Bridge late this afternoon on reports a man looked like he might want to jump from the upper level.
Then the man sauntered into the toll plaza. Ed Baur reports:
It was Crew Member from the Ship at the Salt Pile Looking for a Super Market.
A man got out of a car on the upper level and jumped around 9:20 a.m. Although a witness initially reported seeing the person in netting on the lower level, a firefighter discovered the person's body at a construction site below the bridge.
State Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office are investigating, although a spokesman for the DA's office says the death is not considered suspicious. The DA's office reports the man was 43.
Traffic in both directions was delayed as firefighters looked for the person.