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I-93 incidents add to Wednesday traffic woes

At least two traffic tie-ups on Interstate 93 added to a messy morning commute amid heavy rains, including a car crash near Exit 29 and an incident in the Thomas. P. O’Neill Jr. Tunnel.

At 8:35 a.m., a northbound car crashed near Exit 29 in Somerville, sending the 24-year-old female driver to Lawrence General Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, said Nicole Morrell, a spokeswoman for State Police.

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The cause of the crash was not clear, but two lanes of the highway were closed until 9:04 a.m., Morrell said.

Earlier, at about 8 a.m., a box truck headed south nearly crashed in the O’Neill Tunnel, causing significant traffic delays as it waited to be towed, officials said.

The truck slammed its brakes to avoid hitting other vehicles, causing it to spin out in the tunnel, State Police said. The sudden stop caused the brakes to fail, rendering the truck immobile.

No one was injured in the incident, but traffic was significantly delayed, State Police said. It appeared that no other vehicles were involved.

Two lanes of the highway were closed for a few minutes, State Police said, and one lane remained closed until about 10:15 a.m. when the truck was towed.

Both incidents are under investigation by State Police.

Kiera Blessing can be reached at kiera.blessing@globe.com.
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