My unique challenges to working the scene of today’s “dangling truck”

When I heard the first police radio transmission of today’s dramatic Boston truck crash I hopped in my car and accelerated away from the Moakley Courthouse, where I had been stationed for Boston Herald coverage of the James “Whitey” Bulger trial. I hit extreme traffic that was barely moving inside the Tip O’Neill Tunnel. I finally made it as far as the Zakim Bridge when I was passed by Boston EMS and Fire department trucks. I heard a trooper on the police scanner say that the roadway was going to be fully shut down for “a while.” I donned my yellowish-lime safety vest, that media photographers MUST wear while working on a roadway, and made sure my press pass was around my neck. Shortly after the Zakim bridge I pulled over as far left as I could go and ditched my car. My car was fully out of the way of any other emergency worker’s vehicle that was still enroute. I then grabbed my cameras and jogged the Rte 93 upper deck until I arrived at the accident scene adjacent the Sullivan Sq. down ramp (see my photos below, and with Herald scribe John Zeremba’s story at the Herald’s website). The Massachusetts state troopers, ┬áBoston Fire and Boston EMS personnel were AWESOME & accommodating. The real problem was the extreme rain, as I could not keep my lens’ front glass dry, and making sure that I didn’t lean over the railing too far :-)

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6 Responses to “My unique challenges to working the scene of today’s “dangling truck””

  1. Dennis says:

    This is the kind of dramatic story I think of when I imagine being a photo journalist. Never leave without the shot.

  2. Don holt says:

    I say good! One less toilet international on the road. Nice fuckin flat rectangle windshield and fuckin basic no option interior. Nothin but fuckin junk.the most uncomfortable seats I’ve ever sat on in my life,good job international!…..Toilet!!

  3. markadmin says:

    Thank you for writing John.

  4. Al says:

    those are INCREDIBLE photos. Great work.

  5. Kelly Caraccio-Warren says:

    What incredible talent you have! These pics are truly amazing. Fabulous job! Thank you for making the news come alive for your readers.

  6. markadmin says:

    Thanks Kelly :-)