Heart-stopping video shows tractor-trailer with US mail plunge off bridge, driver’s miraculous escape

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(Video Credit: WCVB Channel 5 Boston)

A viral video made the rounds Saturday after a driver miraculously survived when his tractor-trailer big rig carrying mail in Massachusetts veered off a road, broke through a guardrail on the bridge, and plummeted 50 feet into the icy Charles River near Boston.

After the truck went over the edge and hit the water, the driver climbed out and stood on top of the truck, yelling for first responders to rescue him because he couldn’t swim as the rig started to sink.

The video was originally released by the State Police Association of Massachusetts. The accident occurred near the offramp from Interstate 95 to Interstate 90 in Weston.

When police and firefighters responded to the call about the accident at 11:48 a.m., they found the truck partially submerged with the driver clinging for life to the top portion of the truck’s cab sticking out of the freezing water. The unnamed driver was safely transported to shore with no injuries. Out of an abundance of caution, he was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Authorities are not sure if the truck is actually a postal truck or belongs to a subcontractor.

(Video Credit: WCVB Channel 5 Boston)

Weston Deputy Fire Chief Justin Woodside told NBC 10 Boston in an interview that the response by firefighters was incredibly fast because they were already out in that area shoveling snow around hydrants after snow fell on Friday.

“We were able to make an effective rescue,” the chief remarked referring to a dive team. “Our two members went in with suits and we got him and it took about maybe four minutes or so upon arrival.”

Drivers were asked to avoid the area of Route 128 north near Route 30 and the Massachusetts Pike to Route 128 north while authorities were handling the matter on Saturday.

As mail floated in the river, heavy-duty tow trucks were brought in to remove the rig from the river. It had to be pulled out in two pieces after breaking in half when it hit the water.

The U.S. Postal Service in Brockton was notified of the accident. The truck was carrying mail and packages for that area, the Boston Globe reported. The crash is being investigated by both state and local police.

“The accident is currently under investigation by the Postal Inspection Service and state and local authorities,” said Stephen Doherty, who is a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service. “The disposition of any mail on board will be determined by Postal Inspectors once their investigation is completed.”

The incident resulted in the ramp on that road being closed for most of the day… around 10 hours. It was reopened at approximately 10:30 p.m. according to the State Police. They also noted that it didn’t appear that any fuel had leaked into the water. No official cause for the accident has been released yet.


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