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Truck fire forces closure of Mass. Turnpike connector in Boston

Boston Fire Department

Boston firefighters battled a fire in a trash truck inside the connector tunnel on the Massachusetts Turnpike in Boston Monday afternoon.

The department reproted on its Twitter account around 1:40 p.m. that a heavy duty tow truck would be deployed to pull the vehicle out of the eastbound lanes of the tunnel. Once outside, the trash was going to be dumped so firefighters could make sure the fire is out.

State Police reported the fire at 12:56 p.m. The truck was out of the tunnel by 2:25 p.m., the fire department reported.

In photos posted on its Twitter acount by the department, the trash truck appears to have been heavily damaged by the fire, the cause of which remains under investigation. The exhaust system in the tunnel briefly sent black smoke skyward in downtown Boston.

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“Great vent system in tunnel,’’ firefighters wrote on Twitter. “Monitoring air quality and[carbon monoxide] readings negative.”

According to MassDOT, eastbound traffic is being detoured at Exit 24 A/B/C.

The westbound lanes were open, according to MassDOT.

The connector tunnel links the Ted Williams Tunnel to the Turnpike in South Boston.