BOSTON - A truck crash in the O'Neill Tunnel caused major backups on Interstate 93 south Thursday morning.
The truck that crashed was carrying a container from Canada to Rhode Island, according to the owner of the trucking company, Snap Truck. The owner also apologized for the incident and said it was not intentional. The containers they typically carry are 20-feet-long, the owner said, and they are looking into whether a taller container could have been loaded.
The driver, Bryan Elliot, says the trip from Canada had been smooth until he entered the tunnel in Boston.
"All of a sudden I came to a dead stop. Just boom. That was it and it stopped," said Elliot.
Bryan Elliott was behind the wheel of the truck that hit the ceiling inside the O’Neill Tunnel bringing Boston’s morning commute to a standstill for hours. Live at 4, his response when we asked what he wanted to say to the many people who could not get to work on time. pic.twitter.com/GOHrElAzEG— Robert Goulston (@rgoulston) November 8, 2018
No one was injured in the crash but commuters experienced miles-long backups as traffic crawled through one lane in the tunnel as the debris was cleared.
"I have not seen it this bad ever."
"Just backed up cars. Not moving at all. Just a parking lot."
Boston 25 Morning News traffic reporter Catherine Parrotta reported some drive times reaching well over two hours.
Look at the mileage compared to ETA from a little earlier. Yikes https://t.co/1OKdRNiNgK— Catherine Parrotta (@CatherineNews) November 8, 2018
State Police gave Elliot a ticket for driving an oversized vehicle.
MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement unit has cited driver who hit ceiling of O’Neill Tunnel this morning for overheight and overwidth truck. No other violations for driver or vehicle.— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) November 8, 2018
The company's owner told Boston 25 News over the phone: "We apologize for any inconvenience we caused this morning. This is something we would never intentionally do."
Snap Truck's owner also says "we apologize for any inconvenience we caused this morning. This is something we would never intentionally do." https://t.co/W34XAiAuya— Robert Goulston (@rgoulston) November 8, 2018
Boston 25 News pulled the federal records for the company which show it had been inspected 13 times since December 2016 and has 33 violations for such things as unsafe driving and inoperable/defective brakes.
Federal records show company involved in today's crash, Snap Trucking of Ontario, has 6 vehicles & 5 drivers.— Peter Wilson (@PetesWire) November 8, 2018
Company's been inspected 13 times since December, 2016 and has 33 violations for such things as: "unsafe driving" and "inoperable/defective brakes."@boston25 @rgoulston https://t.co/7tuVstqlAP
This is what it looked like when the truck and container was removed from the tunnel:
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