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Tractor-trailer rolled over in Ted Williams Tunnel; driver cited for speeding

Scene of Tuesday morning's rollover in the Ted Williams Tunnel.MSP

A tractor trailer rolled over Tuesday morning in the Ted Williams Tunnel, snarling traffic for hours during the busy morning commute as four heavy-duty tow trucks were forced to respond to flip the hulking vehicle back upright, authorities said.

David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, said in a statement that the rollover occurred around 5:20 a.m. at “the D Ramp where the Ted Williams Tunnel feeds” to Interstate 93. “Patrols from our State Police-Tunnels Barracks responded along with Boston Fire and Boston EMS.”

Procopio said the driver, a 28-year-old Methuen man, reported no injuries. He’s being cited for speeding, according to Procopio.


“He was out of the truck and walking around when we got there and declined medical aid,” Procopio said.

He added that the tractor cab, a 2022 Freightliner with Maine registration, is owned by Kris-Way Truck Leasing of Portland, Maine. The trailer, Procopio said, had a Minnesota registration.

“The truck was flipped back upright by heavy duty tow trucks at 7:30 AM (a total of 4 tow trucks responded),” Procopio said. “Scene was cleared shortly after 9.”

He said the crash “caused closure of the ramp for several hours, during which motorists had no access from the Massachusetts Turnpike westbound to Route 93 and no access to Route 93 from the Congress Street ramp in the Seaport.”

At 7:29 a.m., State Police initially confirmed the rollover via Twitter.

The state Department of Transportation also tweeted about the rollover, warning drivers shortly before 6 a.m. to “expect delays.”

In a follow-up tweet Tuesday morning, MassDOT put out a brief video clip of the rollover scene. The tweet said the rollover site remained an “active scene” just before 8:20 a.m.

At 9:05 a.m., MassDOT tweeted that the ramps had reopened with “heavy residual delays” persisting.

This is a breaking news story that’ll be updated when more information becomes available.


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