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Friday, January 09, 2009

Firetruck runs into building: Now with photos!

This afternoon we were off to South Huntington Ave in Mission Hill to pick up Pepper from Angel Memorial Hospital where she was spayed this morning. Right before we left the house the Boy saw that there was an accident on Huntington Ave, but it's a really long street so I didn't much worry. Not until we got to the Brook House and saw that the police had blocked off Huntington Ave. For those of you not in Boston, Huntington is one mega big road, carrying a lot of east-west traffic through the city. It's a way to get to the major hospitals, to the Christian Science Center, the MFA, Northeastern University, Copley Place and Back Bay. It also has a green line trolley running right down the middle of the road.

All we could see was police cars far and wide. There must have been half of the police force up the road a piece, and there were also news trucks with their antenna's raised and reporters on the ground. We had no clue as to what was going on, but it was apparent it was big news.

We picked up Pepper, who was a wonderful patient and is now microchipped, up to date on all her shots, dewormed, flea treated (we have no fleas but whatever) and no longer a potential mama.

Off we went and the traffic was even worse going back towards Huntington Ave. There were ambulances lined up, but fortunately they were literally around the corner from many hospitals. As we drove by we looked, but still couldn't see anything.

Then we got home and the Boy told us that a fire truck had driven into a building.

You gotta wonder how that happened, but this part of Boston is extremely hilly, and they were coming down a mega hill and went through the intersection right into the large apartment building.

One firefighter was killed, more injured firefighters went to the hospital, and some other civilians were sent to the hospital as well.

The Girl was interested to know why the accident happened, and I looked it up online everywhere I could think to look, but there really isn't much news yet.

All I can say is, if this is the way you go home, don't. Find something else to do in town, or at least an alternate route. Huntington is closed from South Huntington to Brigham Circle, and the Green Line is shut down on Huntington.

Tonight is going to be one huge traffic headache.

Masshholes are so good at blocking intersections. Even with police intervention. Sigh.

Photos via This Looks Familiar.

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Blogger linda said...

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10/1/09 2:51 AM  
OpenID madgetastic said...

Whenever we need to use the term Masshole in the car with our young kids, my husband and I use a hybrid French/Italian accent. Comes out sounding quite lovely, sort of like Mahzolay.

And, yes, they are very good at blocking intersections.

10/1/09 1:42 PM  
Blogger Daisy said...

Wild -- this even made my local paper on the "Nation" page.

10/1/09 3:40 PM  

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