At least it was on a Sunday night

Truck stuck in O'Neill Tunnel in downtown Boston

Alex Carlson came across this truck jammed tight into the O'Neill Tunnel southbound, just past the turnpike exit, around 10:30 p.m.

Not sure how he managed to get as far as he did!

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Full-length, 40' shipping

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Full-length, 40' shipping container. If you're gonna do it, you might as well go all-out, eh?

And shipping containers, unlike typical trailers, are built very solidly. Corrugated steel with a strong frame. They're designed to be stacked in shipping yards, fully loaded with product, something like 8-9 high. So that's no flimsy aluminum sardine can jammed up under that bridge there.

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I was a passenger in a car

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I was a passenger in a car going past this truck last night. I think what really got jammed up was that stuff on top of the container. It was secured by netting.

You can sort of see it here at the top of the frame of the photo. I remember seeing some of it wedged under the ridges of the tunnel ceiling.

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Not sure how

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Not sure how he managed to get as far as he did.

That's actually easy, and it happens (and has happened in the past) for a simple reason. Yes, the container is legal height, which is why it apparently didn't set off the overheight detection system prior to the tunnel entrance. However, despite their weight and mass, shipping containers tend to flex and bounce on the skeleton truck trailers they ride on. When this bouncing and flexing occurs in places where the road profile suddenly changes due to crown or superelevation (such as the southbound tunnel approaching Exit 20), truck trailers (or in this case, a container) can and do strike the tunnel roof. It this impact occurs where there is an overhead sign or light fixture, it's easy for the truck to get hung up.

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