June 12, 2024

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The video is about to Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel.”

A truck is stuck under a bridge on Storrow Drive Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.
A truck is caught beneath a bridge on Storrow Drive Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Massachusetts State Police

The Massachusetts Division of Conservation and Recreation has only one plea for incoming Bostonians: don’t get Storrowed. 

Mass. DCR launched a video on X, previously often called Twitter, parodying the well-known BC SPCA industrial set to Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel.” As a substitute of asking for donations, they begged movers to not crash their vans into overpasses on Storrow Drive and Troopers Area Highway in Boston, and Memorial Drive in Cambridge. 

“For simply $0 a day you can’t hit a bridge or overpass,” the DCR worker stated within the video. 

“We all know you’re excited to be shifting to the Boston space, and we’re joyful to have you ever. However severely, these shifting vans aren’t going to suit on these roads.” 

Yearly on the favored Sept. 1 move-in date, folks driving field vans on Storrow Drive miss, or ignore, the indicators warning of a 10-foot-height-limit. Vehicles collide with the overpass bridges, typically tearing their roofs clear off the highest or getting caught. 

Within the video, the DCR worker factors out the peak warning indicators which they put “all over the place” and asks that drivers “not blindly observe their GPS proper right into a low clearance bridge.” The worker additionally advises drivers to notice the peak of their truck, which is often seen within the rearview mirror. 

The Storrow collisions are so notorious that any fated kiss between a truck and a bridge all through Massachusetts is loosely often called getting “Storrowed.”

DCR was quick with their PSA, however apparently not quick sufficient. An X video reveals a truck getting caught on Storrow Drive on Thursday.

A Canton bridge suffered a Storrowing in early August.

Whereas school college students get the lion’s share of the blame for the crashes, a 2021 article from Boston.com discovered that, of the 7 Storrow collisions that 12 months, 4 have been by skilled truck drivers unfamiliar with the Boston space. 

This 12 months although, move-in could be quieter. 

Half as many shifting truck permits have been issued in August 2023 than in August 2022, based on RentHop.

Even with probably fewer vans on the roads, DCR can solely hope for a stress-free September. 

“Collectively, we can’t hit a bridge with a truck,” the DCR worker stated. “The bridges and the vans will thanks.”

Trying to keep away from getting Storrowed?

  1. Analysis your route forward of time
  2. Pay shut consideration to peak restrict indicators as you might be coming into a parkway or drive, particularly Storrow Drive and Memorial Drive in Boston and Troopers Area Highway in Cambridge.
  3. Obtain navigation apps like Sygic Truck Navigation (free), Copilot Truck (14 days free) or SmartTruckRoute (2-days free).