Posts Tagged ‘Tobin Bridge’

The man who climbed the Tobin Bridge shortly after the conclusion of last Wednesday’s evening commute had many first responders looking out for his well being. Police scanner broadcasts indicated that Boston EMS, Firefighters and Police from Boston and Chelsea, Massachusetts State Police, and US Coast Guard sent units to the bridge. Boston Fire sent its Technical Rescue Unit, and Boston and Massachusetts State Police sent hostage negotiators. They were all very patient, as this effort took 2 hours. I was on scene to photograph, actually 1900 feet away in East Boston, according to Google Earth, when this drama played out. Photos below show an airbag inflated near Boston Fire’s Tower Ladder 3 on the upper deck roadway, a hostage negotiator with a bullhorn, and rescue boats in the water below. At one point the man can be seen inside one of the open air windows inside a steel beam, peering out. A first responder on scene told me later that night that the man had an amazing grip. The event was quite pressure packed for me. I hoped rescuers would save the man and did not want to see him fall. The final photo shows the man beginning his climb to safety. Below are several of my photos, including one that appeared in the Boston Herald. Herald colleagues, Matt Stone and Christopher Evans were also on scene, and their photos can be seen at the following link.










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I used an 800mm lens for last night’s setting sun, seen from Bayswater street in East Boston. I then turned the camera around and photographed this jet lineup, with Cape Air leading the big boys.

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Fire Eats Car During Boston’s Evening Commute

If you were wondering why such a lousy commute tonight, well look no further than this “curiosity factor” smack dab in the middle of the evening commute. I came upon this fully engulfed car fire on the inbound Tobin loop ramp. I leaned out the passenger side window as far as I could and snapped this photo with a 16-35mm zoom.

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A man exited his car on the Tobin Bridge’s upper deck during this evening’s rush hour and climbed up onto a railing threatening to jump. An ambulance crew from Chelsea’s Cataldo Ambulance and a Chelsea police officer were the first to reach him, according to audio on the police scanner. Boston firefighters, Boston EMS, Boston fire’s Marine Unit and the state police then arrived. The man was finally talked down after almost an hour teetering on the railing, in the wind. This was my view from Charlestown. Please, to anyone considering anything like this, get help, things  do get better…or call the samaritans.

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