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Firefighters remove injured passengers from a bus that hit an bridge as it traveled on Soldiers Field Road in the Allston neighborhood of Boston on Saturday night. Officials said the bus carrying 42 people was traveling from Harvard University home to Pennsylvania when it struck the overpass. (Boston Fire Department)
Firefighters remove injured passengers from a bus that hit an bridge as it traveled on Soldiers Field Road in the Allston neighborhood of Boston on Saturday night. Officials said the bus carrying 42 people was traveling from Harvard University home to Pennsylvania when it struck the overpass. (Boston Fire Department)

What was supposed to be an exciting high school field trip to Harvard turned into a nightmare.

Saturday night, a charter bus carrying a group of Pennsylvania students and their chaperons slammed into the Western Avenue Bridge as it was traveling on Soldiers Field Road.

The crash injured 35 students, with four passengers in critical condition and one with life-threatening injuries.

State police believe the driver, who was not impaired at the time of the accident, may have missed a sign that prohibits buses from traveling on that road due to the height of the bridge.

We explore high- and low-tech solutions for keeping trucks and buses off of restricted roads.

Guests:

SJ Port, spokesperson, Department of Conservation and Recreation
Edward Friedman, co-founder and president of TeleType Co.
Marleen Winer, co-founder and vice-president, TeleType Co.

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Radio Boston on the road this morning on Storrow Drive. (Darrien Garay/WBUR)
Radio Boston on the road this morning on Storrow Drive. (Darrien Garay/WBUR)

This segment aired on February 4, 2013.

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