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Car gets stuck on Morrissey Boulevard drawbridge in Dorchester

A car got stuck on the Morrissey Boulevard drawbridge in Dorchester on Wednesday afternoon after the driver failed to stop while the bridge was being raised up, State Police said.

David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, said via email that the incident occurred around 2:55 p.m.

The vehicle, Procopio wrote, “failed to stop for the Morrissey Blvd. draw bridge gate and unsuccessfully attempted to cross the bridge. As a result, its front wheels became lodged over the edge of the bridge.”

Procopio said the occupant, whom he didn’t name, exited the vehicle.

“Both lanes of Morrissey Blvd. were closed and BPD closed traffic at Freeport and Morrissey Blvd,” Procopio wrote. “The vehicle was removed; an inspection of the bridge revealed it was safe and it was partially reopened (One lane remains closed to facilitate gate repair).”

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The state Department of Transportation released a separate statement on the mishap.

According to MassDOT, the vehicle “crashed through the warning gates of the Beades Drawbridge which was open for boat traffic at the time. The vehicle became stuck in the bridge joint and has since been removed and towed off the bridge. A MassDOT crew will inspect the infrastructure to ensure no damage occurred during this incident. The bridge is being reopened for vehicular traffic but will stay closed for boaters until the warning gates are replaced tonight.”

MassDot also tweeted about the incident just before 3:15 p.m.

“In Boston vehicle on Morrissey Blvd Bridge and stuck,” the state agency tweeted. “Tow needed. Bridge temporarily closed.”

That message was greeted with confusion and frustration by other tweeters; one person responded simply, “huh?”

Someone else wrote, “Such a late response, no signage, traffic building up, cars bottomed out stuck in median just an overall [expletive] show that is Boston traffic #doyourjob.”

Another person replied, “It’s not a bridge malfunction?”

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Drawbridge drama on Morrissey Boulevard isn’t without precedent.

State Police closed part of Morrissey one evening in May 2019 while the drawbridge was stuck in the open position for nearly three hours. The bridge got stuck at around 6:30 p.m. on the night in question, State Police said at the time.

Police diverted traffic on Interstate 93 at exit 14 during the 2019 incident while crews worked to get the bridge up and running. The bridge was reopened that night at 9:15 p.m., according to authorities.

Material from prior Globe stories was used in this report.



Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.