Sunday, June 16, 2024

A car is off-road at the Reid overpass in Cambridgeport on Saturday. (Photo: Cambridge Fire Department)

A driver on Memorial Drive during a pounding rainstorm hit an abutment at the Boston University Bridge, sending his car tumbling off at around 8 p.m. Saturday, Cambridge acting fire chief Thomas Cahill Jr. said.

What was referred to as a rollover likely resulted from poor visibility during one of several recent incidences of wild weather during the hottest month ever recorded in Massachusetts.

“It just makes sense that it would be storm related,” Cahill said, as first-responders were handling flooding and other issues around the region that night.

The car busted through the guardrail and “most of the brick on the bridge” over the William J. Reid rotary, a scanner call said Saturday. There was “significant” damage, police said. The area is in Cambridgeport near Magazine Beach and the Morse School.

A call for help came in at 8:04 p.m. – not just from the person whose car went off the embankment into a marshy area between the road and Charles River, but from passersby. “You could see the edge of the vehicle. So there were multiple calls coming in,” Cahill said.

A closer look at a one-person car crash Saturday in Cambridge. (Photo: Cambridge Fire Department)

The driver was banged up, but was walking before being taken to a hospital, Cahill said. Officers on the scene called him conscious and alert.

Traffic was shut down briefly on Memorial on the inbound side of the bridge while the car was extracted, according to scanner reports.

Teams from the state departments of Transportation and Department of Conservation and Recreation came to clean up debris, and Cambridge fire teams left the scene at around 9:30 p.m., Cahill said.


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