Truck crashes, hangs off Boston highway ramp

Published On: Aug 12 2013 06:55:33 AM HST

A crash on the northbound side of the Leverett Connector involving a beer truck left the vehicle dangling on the edge of the elevated highway. 

The Friday afternoon crash, which also involved a second smaller truck, snarled traffic for hours, and delayed commuter trains whose tracks run below the highway.

According to the Massachusetts State Police, the cab of the truck broke through the guardrail and was hanging over the Leverett Connector ramp.

Boston fire officials said the driver and a passenger got out of the cab and weren't hurt.

"They literally jumped from the cab back on the highway," said Boston Fire Department Deputy Chief Joseph Finn. "They were in a very difficult position, dangling precariously."

The driver of the smaller truck was taken to the hospital as a precaution.

All lanes of Interstate 93 northbound were closed for a short time due to diesel fuel on the roadway. State police opened two lanes of traffic a short time later. 

The crash also forced police to close the Leverett ramp to Interstate 93 north, Exit 28 (93 north to Sullivan Square) and the Northbound Interstate 93 high-speed lane.

Commuter rail service from North Station was halted for a time Friday afternoon, while crews worked to remove the truck from the highway.

The cause of the crash was under investigation. 


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