WATCH: Video Shows Tractor-Trailer Off Bridge
A gorgeous videotapes shows a tractor-trailer carrying mail for the United States Postal Service flying off a bridge in Massachusetts down the icy Charles River 50 feet below. The driver survived and was not injured, police said. The video was released by the Massachusetts State Police Association in February 2022. You can watch the video above.
The incident happened in Weston, Massachusetts, on Saturday, February 26, 2022, according to state police and the Weston Fire Department. The crash happened just before noon near the ramp from Interstate 95 to the Massachusetts Branch (Interstate 90), according to police. The driver was rescued and he was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for an evaluation but was not injured, State Police said. According to police, other details about the cause of the accident are still under investigation.
Video of the horrific crash shows the truck swerving over a railing and flying off the highway, sending snow and debris into the Charles River with the truck. The video shows the tractor-trailer swerving to the side before coming back upright. Letters and packages could be seen scattered in the river after the crash. Police said the bridge was about 50 feet above the river.
The truck driver fled the cabin before it was completely flooded and waited on top of the trailer for rescuers to arrive, officials said.
According to a tweet from Massachusetts State Police, “Shortly before noon, we responded, w/ @WESTON_FIRE to a trailer on the road and plunging into the long embankment into the water, near the ramp from Rt 95 to Pike. The driver, who could not swim, was standing on top of the truck. Weston Fire Brigade brought the driver to safety. No injuries have been reported. ”
Weston Fire Department Deputy Superintendent Justin Woodside told NBC Boston Firefighters were in the area picking up hoses after Friday’s blizzard, so they could respond quickly. Woodside told the news station: “We were able to make an effective rescue. “Two members of our team came in with suits and we got him and it took about four minutes or so to arrive.”
According to police, the road near the accident was closed for several hours. Fire Department tweeted on Sunday, February 27,“Other photos of yesterday’s TT incident, these show where the driver was standing when we got to us, notably he was able to get out of the car on his own before it sunk. The second photo is our team bringing him ashore through the water great work by everyone involved! ”
Authorities say postal inspectors responded to the crash scene
The cause of the accident is still under investigation. “UPDATE TT Moderator has been referred to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for evaluation. Unit TT is carrying mail from the United States. The U.S. Postal Service Inspector has been notified,” State Police tweeted. Authorities did not say whether the truck was owned by USPS or it was operated by a contractor.
NBC Boston reported, “Weston’s deputy fire chief said postal inspectors would handle all packages that the crew could not retrieve from the river. Heavy trucks were called to the scene to help bring the truck, which broke in half as it was being towed out, spilling more packages into the river. Video shows the vehicle attached to a crane on a stretch of freeway and it remained active late Saturday as crews worked to clear the mess. “
Weston Fire Chief David Soar told the Boston Globe“We’ve got a boat in the water, we’re helping the recovery team hook up the truck’s parts [to tow it out of the water] so while dropping the boat into the water, they picked up as many letters as they could. We got most of it out of the water. Some of them may have sunk, but they managed to get a lot of mail out of the water. ”
Soar said there were “hundreds” of packages in the river, according to the Globe. The Post Office said in a statement to the newspaper, “The handling of any mail on board will be determined by the Postal Inspection once their investigation is complete.”
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