Bitter cold slows Tuesday commute as delays at Logan mount

Both the MBTA Red Line and Orange Line were experiencing delays during Tuesday morning’s bitter cold.
Both the MBTA Red Line and Orange Line were experiencing delays during Tuesday morning’s bitter cold. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)

The bitterly cold morning is causing delays at Boston’s Logan International Airport, where some arriving flights are delayed at their departure points an average of nearly six hours, the Federal Aviation Administration reported Tuesday around 8:16 a.m.

“Due to WEATHER / SNOW-ICE, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport, Boston, MA (BOS),’’ the FAA wrote in a posting on its airport status site Tuesday.

The posting noted that “this is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 5 hours and 49 minutes. To see if you may be affected, select your departure airport and check ‘Delays by Destination.’”


The Flightaware website reported that inbound flights were delayed about 16 minutes because of icy conditions at the East Boston airport.

Crashes on roadways and delays on the MBTA also were reported Tuesday, the first day back to work since the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, officials said.

A State Police Trooper and a tow truck driver were struck and injured by a passing vehicle while they were attending to a disabled motor vehicle on Route 95 north in Wakefield, according to State Police spokesman David Procopio. The crash occurred north of Exit 40 at 6:11 a.m., and both the trooper and the tow driver were taken by ambulance to Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington with non-life-threatening injuries, he said.

As of 7 a.m., one lane was closed at the site of the crash, Procopio said.

A multi-vehicle crash on the Massachusetts Turnpike inside the Prudential Tunnel led to the closure of at least two lanes around 6:35 a.m. MassDOT, the state’s transportation agency, tweeted about the Pru Tunnel crash. As of about 8:45, all lanes had been opened, according to the agency.


According to MBTA spokesman Joseph Pesaturo, “an out-of-service bus with no passengers was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer truck. The bus was experiencing a mechanical issue and it had just pulled over” in the righthand travel lane when it was struck.

“The bus operator and a motorist requested medical attention,” he wrote. The extent of their injuries were not immediately known.

On the Orange Line, passengers heading into Boston were experiencing delays of at least 10 minutes because of an “earlier disabled train” the T reported around 8:15 a.m.

The T warned on Monday that the wintry weather could have an impact on Tuesday’s commute.

“We want to remind our customers to allow for extra travel time tomorrow morning, and be mindful of icy conditions and be extra cautious when walking to and from their bus stops, stations, and their vehicles when parked at MBTA parking facilities,” MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak said Monday.

Emily Sweeney of the Globe staff contributed to this report. John R. Ellement can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.