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On July 1st, 2014, a truck carrying 7,000 pounds of lobster slammed into an MBTA rail bridge in Westwood, sparking a fire and huge problems for commuters.

The driver of the 13-foot tall Ryder rental truck tried to clear the 10-foot, 6-inch East Street overpass around 4:50 a.m. and failed.

The truck burst into flames after the crash. Surveillance video captured the impact.

The truck driver, Todd Preston, 26, of Portland, Maine has been charged with operating a motor vehicle negligently so as to endanger and failure to obey municipal signs, according to Westwood Police.

Comments

    • LMacNeill
      LMacNeill

      So apparently, Todd was out delivering lobster in his PJs? Is this a common thing in Massachusetts? ;-)

      about 2 days ago
    • Jon Roux
      Jon Roux

      Refrigeration unit. Not air-conditioner. Two completely different applications.

      about 8 days ago
    • Mark J
      Mark J

      the real failure is not one person stopped there car got out and checked the driver was okay, he couldnt be seen outside of the truck, id have stopped, i have stopped at more than a few accidents to check people are at least okay, i might even have been enclined to locate the fire extinguisher and put that little smoker out.

      People today, so fucking self absorbed, but one person stops and does the right thing we have "HEROS"

      All thats wrong with the world right there.

      about 16 days ago
    • Dark Sigma
      Dark Sigma

      Todd is doing well at Walmart greeting customers: manager says he is a great employee; but Todd have flashbacks and spinechills when is requited go to fish and seafood deparment to verify a price tag

      about 16 days ago
    • Angel Arroyo
      Angel Arroyo

      As an owner operator,my company requires me to have cargo insurance if something like this happen.

      about 17 days ago
    • caleb
      caleb

      how can you be sooooo stupid to not realize you're tooo tall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      about 17 days ago
    • pnartg
      pnartg

      This bridge is being replaced . . . . https://boston.cbslocal.com/2018/11/09/westwood-east-street-bridge-low-clearance-replacement/

      about 18 days ago
    • Jon Frost
      Jon Frost

      I love blackened Lobster... I bet the FFs are volunteer, otherwise they would have had the fire out within 5-10 minutes after arrival on scene. I surely hope the driver lost his job. Part of being a driver, whether truck or car, is to follow the road signs and know the limits regarding height restrictions, especially those that are Shorter than 12' IMHO.

      about 19 days ago
    • Xenoslyce
      Xenoslyce

      Those lobster are so lucky

      about 20 days ago
    • Grand Waha
      Grand Waha

      Well technically you aren't aloud to her dressed while the vehicle is in motion because you're seat belt should be on. So if you're in a hurry to get out of the station there you go. But it's piss poor it took them that long to put water on the fire. Even given the opportunity to find out what was burning before they did. And the guy should receive a second ticket for not wearing shoes while driving a commercial vehicle

      about 22 days ago
    • bubba99009
      bubba99009

      He got a two-fer... he managed to hit the curb AND the bridge

      about 22 days ago
    • steingat
      steingat

      You know, Just saying, I do not see any fire Dept hookups to get water from. The amount in the truck that they carry with them is extremely limited. By the time they arrived, they made a judgment call that they did not have enough water to put out the blaze, Once it burned down a bit to a manageable level, they took care of the situation. No reason to put lives in danger when everyone is safe.

      about 23 days ago
    • AFugy
      AFugy

      https://boston.cbslocal.com/2018/11/09/westwood-east-street-bridge-low-clearance-replacement/

      about 23 days ago
    • deereboy8400
      deereboy8400

      Poor lobsters? Lol, did you think they were headed to a lobster resort?

      about 26 days ago
    • Chris Kalogeropouls
      Chris Kalogeropouls

      This bridge is the 11 foot 8 inch bridges's baby brother.

      about 1 month ago
    • Acturas
      Acturas

      He's helping Jordan Peterson.

      about 1 month ago
    • McRocket
      McRocket

      Shhit...are those firefighters slow. They got their FAST. But then seemed to take FOREVER to start actually 'fighting' the fire.

      about 1 month ago
    • world2give
      world2give

      I wonder if todd got paid for that day...? I sure hope the firemen didn't cuz that was an inexcusably poor effort at doing their job!... They got there so quick that they probably could have kept the fire at bay with the preconnect... wow

      about 1 month ago
    • Charon Christ
      Charon Christ

      The good news is that I'm ok boss. The bad news is that I just burnt up a 100k worth of lobsters. What do you mean, I'm fired? I just said I was ok. The lobsters got burnt lol

      about 1 month ago
    • dancingwithczars
      dancingwithczars

      Typical of people in the east. Just turn around and not even bother to check if anybody's hurt.

      about 1 month ago
    • Kathy Young
      Kathy Young

      Perfect example of someone who knows nothing about driving a truck rents one and doesn't even bother to think about height restrictions or know how tall is the vehicle he is driving. You do not have to get a CDL to drive a rental truck. Todd is not a real truck driver.

      about 2 months ago
    • djpalindrome
      djpalindrome

      That’s the most incompetent and clueless fire brigade I’ve ever seen

      about 2 months ago
    • Mia Davis Jackson
      Mia Davis Jackson

      OMFG.....about the firefighters and the comments below. If they put it out a couple minutes earlier the damn thing is still going to be burnt to bits and completely totaled. 🙄

      about 2 months ago
    • I'll Build Anything
      I'll Build Anything

      You can tell this is around a big city somewhere. How could you drive up to a bridge where someone just hit it, and turn around and leave? In my area you would have everyone and their brother wanting to help.

      about 2 months ago
    • mervjb
      mervjb

      Talk about a pre-cooked meal!!!

      about 2 months ago
    • PolishAdam TV
      PolishAdam TV

      In most of the European Nations all those drivers that went by and didint bothet to check on the driver when they were the only ones in the facility and before emergency crews would of been facing criminal charges. Its againt the law in Poland to leave the scene of a automobile accident when 1st or only person on site without trying to help the victim or contact the emergency services. But thats New England for you. Conn Mass Rhode Is home of the worse humans in this country.

      about 2 months ago
    • John Hill
      John Hill

      That fire department hasn't lost a basement yet...

      about 2 months ago
    • NWAWskeptic
      NWAWskeptic

      So the fire department shows flagrant incompetence and willful negligence and the Blue Mafia lies to cover for them. And not one local resident even stops to see if driver is okay. The entire town is a bunch of assholes.

      about 2 months ago
    • Dylan Huculak
      Dylan Huculak

      I bet that smelled wonderful for a while..

      about 2 months ago
    • John
      John

      The white pickup truck that pulls up just before the ambulance is from the MBTA. They want to know if their railroad is on fire yet.

      about 2 months ago