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For riders to Foxboro, a bit of bad luck: One of the bridges has been hit by a truck

The MBTA reports all service to Foxborough canceled under further notice because the driver of a truck hauling a trash compactor managed to slam his rig into a bridge in Dedham, hard enough to require track repairs. Here's hoping they get it fixed before Friday's Taylor Swift show at Gillette, because you don't want to get Swifties mad.

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From the WCVB story:

Train service was allowed to resume about 30 minutes later, but Commuter Rail officials said trains must operate at reduced speed through a single track until repairs are made on the track damaged by the collision.

That particular low bridge, which was built in 1904, has been the site of numerous previous collisions.

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But it's exhausting rooting for the anti-hero...

(Yes, I am admitting I've actually heard a TS song - please don't judge me, it's playing on the speakers in our store regularly now.)

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Couldn’t shake it off.

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where is that video montage.

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The infamous one is in Westwood. This one is in Dedham. Probably the same height, but at least wider.

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That particular low bridge, which was built in 1904, has been the site of numerous previous collisions.

Last year, an MBTA presentation stated that a Sept. 26 hit-and-run incident caused serious damage, including track misalignment. On Aug. 16, the bridge was hit by construction equipment and on Jul. 29, it was hit by an over-height tractor-trailer.

There were also eight reported major collisions between Jul. 2019 and Nov. 2020.

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But it was the Westwood Police who had the bridge cam.

You’ll have to hang out at the rotary to see these crashes.

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The clearance is ridiculously low. Why can't they dig the street down a couple feet and solve the clearance problem?

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This one is a foot and a half higher than the infamous one in Islington was, but that one has been raised to 12' about 4 or 5 years ago.

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How is it okay that Franklin trains can pass by not Foxborough trains? It's not like this is along the sub. Both lines go over this bridge.

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Probably leading to too much bottleneck potential for two lines' worth of trains. Since the Franklin line gets more passengers I'm guessing it gets priority.

Notwithstanding my sarcastic comment from above, in the unlikely event this is still not fixed by Friday evening I think they'll let the special trains to the concert go forward.

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Both tracks go over the bridge.

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Only one set of tracks was affected by this truck strike?

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Indeed, the article references track repairs.

It just seemed like bridge repairs would be the more likely repairs than track repairs, as the bridge carries the tracks.

This should be completed easily by Swift day.

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If you zoom in on the location, you can see that there are two separate bridge spans separated by a foot or two. You can plainly see this on Street View here. The truck it one and misaligned the track (it's quite possible the truck only hit the crossties and not the metal structure). That will have to be repaired. The other one was unaffected since the force of the truck was absorbed by the first bridge and the granite abutments.

It's a good thing there wasn't a train on the bridge when this happened because in that case it could have been a lot more serious although at a low speed approaching Endicott, where most trains stop, a train could probably manage a minor misalignment. If train 724 or 743 had hit a misaligned track at track speed there (70 mph) then it could have been more serious. The T should install an iron bar preceding low bridges to mitigate this sort of potential damage (and really, it should get the road users who cause the damage to pay for it).

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The bridge will be fixed in time for the concert ..Its not like its the stairs at JFK and Milton station which will take years to fix.

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Not some schlub University professor and father of two.

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At least three sets of stairs at JFK/UMass have been fixed recently.

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dont interrupt someone with facts when they are doing their favorite pastime.. hitting the punching bag known as the MBTA.

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