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Driver must've missed the warning signs in the fog, yeah, that's it

Truck sardine-canned on Storrow Drive

Court spotted a freshly Storrowed truck on the ramp to the Fenway from the outbound side this morning.

The company in question, FriendBox, makes boxes, so that's one boxed-in box box truck. They're based in Danvers, so you'd think they'd have heard about those quaint Storrow Drive height restrictions.

Update: Phelan Canney shows us that parting is such sweet storrow:

Truck towed away
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+1 to Adam for verbifying "Storrow" also saw it in the tweet - and I'm sure it's been used before, but new to me...

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The truck gets "storrowed", but a driver "storrows" themselves. I like Adam's grammar better.

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That must be some kind of record.

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You know I'm saving my best for you ...

How does 6pm on Thursday work? The afternoon is out - major conference call.

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Two serious questions:

Is getting storrowed a frequent occurrence, or are we just hearing about this with increasing frequency? It seem like this is happening almost every day.

If it is a new thing: why? Has signage recently gone missing? Are people just dumber than they used to be?

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Turn unit on, turn brain off

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Ah, I hadn't considered that. Especially with the ubiquity of GoogleMaps' GPS function. I'm sure that people moving into the city are fine until they get off the Pike. Then they fire up the iPhone with GoogleMaps to get them into Allston and, thwack, storrowed.

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Everyone has a camera on them at all times. Makes it easier to capture these events and this would be a dull post without the photo.

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So, yes, social media to the rescue! People have been ramming their trucks into Storrow bridges and overpasses for decades, but now everybody has a camera with which to record the events for posterity. And I, of course, encourage that.

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I think the trooper is about to tell the driver that he's going to un-friendbox that guy.

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Friendbox. Heh heh.

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Sure, my GPS has glitches, but I am often amazed at the pinpoint accuracy of the thing. If, for example, the speed limit changes, my standard Garmin posts it almost simultaneously with the sign announcing the new limit. I only use mine for driving, but it does have other settings, so it can be used for walking, biking, etc. Why not have another feature that you can plug the parameters of your vehicle into and then it tells you what routes to avoid based on the info. I'm sure it would come in handy in any city roughly the age of Boston.

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... but when some driver on contract doesn't have one, he uses his phone or his personal GPS and this is what happens.

Chances are that the insurer won't cover the losses since he wasn't using a commercial GPS.

At this point, I'm thinking we need to make commercial GPS's mandatory on commercial vehicles. [As the glibertarians cry "OVERREGULATION"]

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Seems like this should be a standard part of commercial-driver training. "Make sure you are using a commercial GPS...."

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First of all, it isn't a new problem. I lived near Storrow in the 1980s and it seemed to happen at least one a month then, well before GPS began to mislead drivers to their doom. I once slowed a very irate trucker down to 10mph - he was riding the bumper of my VW Rabbit and pounding his dash and blasting his horn and looking all ready to explode until we took that last turn near the first low clearance span ... priceless!

GPS fail might explain out-of-town drivers crashing into things ... but not locals who should know better.

I suspect the locals simply have it in their heads "hey - I know how to get from A to B! Easy!" but forget that they have never taken that route in a box truck. Basically what my brother-in-law did in 1987 when he sardinated a u-haul.

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I've lived near Storrow since the early nineties and in Boston 4evah and it does seem to me that the incidence of Storrowing is up significantly since GPS became ubiquitous. I'd love to see stats, though. MA State Police must have them, no?

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I just assumed you use FriendBoxes to build your Friend Zone.

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Stomp box? Drop box? Flat box? Short bus passenger to shorter box driver?
BTW, that is quite the tow truck

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Lester Friend, the founder of the company, had an estate in Topsfield if memory serves. He built a miniature railroad for a handicapped child and invited other handicapped kids to join him from around the North Shore. Pretty cool ride in the 1950's.

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There was a mini railroad behind the Friend Box factory in Danvers. Perhaps it was Danvers, not Topsfield, that you meant? It was a really impressive layout that was there, and it was very small but supposedly you could still ride on top of it.

The Friend family were great people, my family, through their business, had/has done alot of business with them. Not sure if Friend Box is still in the Friend family.

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A low bridge near Syracuse got a new overheight vehicle warning system in 2011. It was the site of a Megabus accident which killed 4 people in 2010,

Since then, the alarm has been activated 431 times, and there's only been one crash. Before the alarm was installed, it was averaging two crashes per year.

It was designed to prevent false alarms. A previous system had so many false alarms that neighbors lobbied to have it removed.

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/09/thr...

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