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Caught on camera: Big rig bangs Boston tunnel ceiling


Massive traffic delays have been reported in Boston after a truck’s load slammed into the ceiling of the O’Neill Tunnel during the morning rush hour.

The crash occurred early on November 8 and was caught on Massachusetts Department of Transportation cameras.

In the video, you can see that a container being transported by a flatbed truck strikes the roof of the tunnel, sending debris flying into the roadway. Police say that two other vehicles were disabled by debris caused by the crash.

No injuries were reported, according to MassLive.

Transportation officials were forced to shut down two lanes inside the tunnel to remove the truck and debris from the crash, resulting in miles-long traffic backups on southbound I-93. All lanes had reopened as of 8:30 a.m.

The truck was transporting the container from Canada to Rhode Island when the crash occurred. The company that owns the truck, Snap Truck, is investigating whether a taller than usual container was placed on the truck by mistake.

The maximum vehicle height for the O’Neill Tunnel is listed as 13 feet 6 inches on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation website.

Massachusetts State Police cited the truck driver for overwidth and overheight truck violations.


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