Truck Crashes Onto Boston Common

(Boston Fire Department)

(Boston Fire Department)

BOSTON — Authorities say no injuries were reported after a 60-foot flatbed truck crashed onto Boston Common Thursday afternoon.

The Associated Press reports:

District Fire Chief Kevin Brooks says the accident occurred Thursday after the out-of-state truck driver got lost and wound up in the city’s congested Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Brooks says a police officer was trying to guide the truck out of the narrow streets when the brakes apparently lost air pressure.

The truck’s cab came to a rest at the base of a staircase at the northern edge of the park, near the intersection of Beacon and Walnut streets, with its trailer completely blocking Beacon Street.

“It went in nose first and ended with the rear wheels up in the air,’’ Boston Fire Department spokesman Lt. Michael Walsh told The Boston Globe.

The Boston Fire Department had to stabilize the cab of the truck so it could unload its fuel before towing it away.

(Boston Fire Department)

(Boston Fire Department)

(Boston Fire Department)

(Boston Fire Department)

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  • phosgene

    Air brakes engage when pressure is lost – gotta be a different reason.

  • Rick

    Empty truck loses its brakes? There is more to this story. Trucks can only fully lose their brakes if they overheat, or are badly out of adjustment to the point of gross negligence. The brakes could not have overheated since it was empty, and as noted by another poster, a loss of air pressure would activate the emergency brakes. Seems like there had to be an element of driver error and/or negligence too (besides getting lost).
    If the service airline between the truck and trailer broke, or disconnected, the service(regular) brakes would not function of the trailer, and air would be lost whenever the brakes were used, but the tractor brakes would still work. A loss of pressure to the point where the tractor brakes failed too would have activated the truck and trailer’s emergency spring brakes.
    Going out on a limb here with my best guess- this guy may be an owner operator using a company trailer. If he was using his trolley brake (which uses trailer brakes only) to avoid wear and tear on his own brakes, and the service line disconnected, the trolley brake would have failed- but the foot pedal would have still been fine. In a panic, he didn’t hit switch from the trolley to foot pedal in time.

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