Firefighters from Boston and Somerville rushed to I-93 north around 7:15 a.m. when a car burst into flames on the Exit 26 ramp just past the Zakim. By the time they got there, however, the car was fully involved. And traffic was a mess.
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Traffic Hackers has gone live with both live data and predictions for when you should head out - if your plans include the turnpike, I-93 north of the city or Rte. 3 south of it.
The site uses real-time data from MassDOT and historical data to try to show you how the roads are doing - without a single helicopter - and when you might want to leave.
Belden photgraphed the beginnings of a brush fire along the Neponset River in Dorchester, around 2:20 p.m. At 3, she reported exits 11B and 11A on the Expressway were closed, since the fire's now right under the bridge.
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.
A man walked onto I-93 southbound at South Bay around 1 a.m., and popped into the high-speed lane - where he was promptly struck and killed by a Mercedes, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. The man, 38, from Boston, did not survive.
The driver, a 47-year-old man from Brockton, stayed at the scene, the DA's office says:
How about 6 p.m. on a summer Friday on the Expressway southbound in Dorchester?
Emily Murphy, who took the photo, reports "it was almost gridlock."
At 3:38 p.m., Adam Frederick advised:
If at all costs avoid 128 in both directions. It's a parking lot.
Another motorist reported not long after that 93 north was the same.
Around 11 p.m., southbound near Columbia Road, according to Boston EMS Incidents reports.
I-93 south quickly became a parking lot as first responders raced to the scene.
State Police report a three-car crash forced the closure of the left lanes on both sides of I-93 at exit 33 shortly before 3 p.m. The lanes were re-opened around 3:40 p.m.
John Ryan saw this car in flames around 3 p.m. on 93 north in Stoneham.
When I saw this photo by BU Police this morning, my first thought was something like, "Hah, if only - nice Photoshop job".
State Police report an alert trooper noticed something a little off about a passenger in a car heading inbound in the I-93 HOV lane in Quincy around 6:35 a.m. today:
After further investigation, Trooper [John] Carnell discovered the operator had propped up a work jacket with a mannequin head affixed to the top of the jacket in an attempt to create the illusion of a true passenger. The operator of the vehicle was issued a citation for operating on an excluded way.
Seems somebody removed the Martin Richard memorial banner from the bridge to Savin Hill over the Expressway. Its creators are wondering why - and where it is.
An 18-wheeler collided with a taxi on the Zakim northbound shortly after 5:30 a.m..
The cabbie, a 54-year-old Chelsea oman driving a Malden taxi, died, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The DA's office says State Police are investigating exactly how the truck, registered in Hartford, CT and driven by a 46-year-old man, crashed into the taxi.
State Police report four separate crashes involving 19 cars made the morning commute into the city messy. One person was injured enough to be taken away in an ambulance.
Updated with final tally from State Police.