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Zamboni crashes through fence at ‘Boston Winter,’ closing ice rink

The Zamboni crashed into this fence at the City Hall Plaza skating rink on Friday.
The Zamboni crashed into this fence at the City Hall Plaza skating rink on Friday.(Felicia Gans)

A Zamboni crashed through a fence at Boston Winter’s ice skating rink at City Hall Plaza Friday evening prompting officials to close the rink.

Several panels of the wall were pushed away from the rink, and pieces of the ice were damaged, said Tricia McCorkle, a spokeswoman for TD Garden, which manages the rink. The Zamboni fell down some stairs on the outside of the rink after it crashed, she said.

The accident happened while the ice was being resurfaced at about 5 p.m., said McCorkle. No one was on the ice, and no one was injured,she said.

The Zamboni driver was taken to the hospital to be checked out of precaution, McCorkle said.

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“We just don’t know what happened yet,” she said.

The rink will be closed for the rest of the night, and officials from TD Garden will evaluate the damage to determine whether it will be necessary to keep it closed all weekend, McCorkle said.

Boston Winter’s other attractions, including shops, games, and musical entertainment, remained busy while many people arriving in hopes of going skating were turned away at the ticket shop.

Amy Lieberman came from Newton with three other families. They planned to head to the Frog Pond instead, when they saw the rink had been closed.

“We have 10 kids in our group, who have all week been planning on coming ice skating tonight,” she said. “We brought all our skates and bundled up.”

Her 11-year-old son, Aidan, said he had been excited about the prospect of ice skating with his friends and family.

“I’m disappointed it’s closed,” he said. “I hope it will be open soon.”


Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com.