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Sat Feb 2, 2013, 10:58 PM

Bus hits overpass in Boston, injuring more than 30

Source: AP-Excite

BOSTON (AP) - A charter bus carrying high school students from Pennsylvania crashed when it attempted to pass under a bridge in Boston on Saturday night, injuring more than 30 people, several seriously, and leaving some trapped inside for hours, authorities said.

The bus carrying 42 students and adult chaperones was coming from Harvard University and heading back to the Philadelphia area when it struck an overpass on Soldier's Field Road, a major crosstown road, according to Massachusetts State Police.

Authorities said the Calvary Coach bus did not belong on that road and state police were investigating whether charges are warranted against the driver, who apparently failed to see a sign prohibiting the vehicle from taking that route.

A spokesman for the Philadelphia-based bus company had no immediate comment.

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In this photo released by the Boston Fire Department via Twitter, firemen work to remove injured passengers from a bus that hit an bridge as it traveled along Soldiers Field Road in the Allston neighborhood of Boston Saturday night, Feb. 2, 2013. Officials said the bus carryinyg 42 people was traveling from Harvard University home to Pennsylvania when it struck the overpass. (AP Photo/Boston Fire Department)

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Reply Bus hits overpass in Boston, injuring more than 30 (Original post)
Omaha Steve Feb 2013 OP
Gormy Cuss Feb 2013 #1
R. Daneel Olivaw Feb 2013 #2
Posteritatis Feb 2013 #3
whistler162 Feb 2013 #4
One_Life_To_Give Feb 2013 #5
warrior1 Feb 2013 #6
snooper2 Feb 2013 #7
WilliamPitt Feb 2013 #8
Art_from_Ark Feb 2013 #9

Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:02 PM

1. Damn. Probably didn't notice the height restrictions before they got to the bridge.

Last edited Sun Feb 3, 2013, 01:39 AM - Edit history (1)

This happens all too often on that stretch of road.

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Response to Gormy Cuss (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 2, 2013, 11:43 PM

2. It certainly does.


I've seen a few of these disasters when I worked/commuted to Back Bay in the 90s.

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Response to R. Daneel Olivaw (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 12:42 PM

3. I'm in a different country entirely and have heard of that overpass

When an overpass guillotines enough vehicles that it gets an international reputation the body responsible for roads in that neck of the woods might consider taking a hint..

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 04:39 PM

4. And what hint is that????

maybe putting up signs saying HEY MORONS READ THE HEIGHT SIGN!

This happened, with fatalities, in my area with a Megabus and happens frequently with tractor trailers. In most of these locations the bridge can't be raised and the road bed can't be lowered.

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Response to Gormy Cuss (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:13 AM

5. I feel sorry for the driver

Welcome to Boston. We won't let you easily merge 40+ft of bus between lanes. And we have major thoroughfares that don't have 13'6" clearance.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:02 AM

6. ok

where is that persons head?

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Response to warrior1 (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:17 AM

7. that is one messed up picture...no blood, and the person is gripping the fireman

like, get me out of here.. and grab my head when you get a chance

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:45 AM

8. This happens here EVERY YEAR

Though not nearly so dramatically. Soldiers Field Road/Storrow Drive is a main artery along the Charles through the city, especially for BC and BU...but all the bridges are too low for moving trucks...so every September, like clockwork, some students new to town with a U-Haul who can't read the HUGE SIGNS get stuck under a bridge. The cops come, deflate the tires on the truck, push it through the tunnel, reinflate the tires, and get it off the road via the closest exit. When it happens, it's like a bomb went off on the road vis a vis how traffic i9s affected.

I can't emphasize enough how big the bridge height signs are. I've had smaller apartments.

This, however, was extra bad. Happened about two minutes from my home.

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Response to WilliamPitt (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:39 PM

9. Is that bridge anything like this one in Durham, North Carolina?

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