A driver had to be rescued from the Charles River on Saturday after his tractor trailer that was carrying U.S. mail crashed into the icy water near the ramp from Interstate 95 to Interstate 90 in Weston, Massachusetts, police said.
Massachusetts State Police and the Weston Fire Department responded to the scene just before noon to find the truck partially submerged in the water and the operator — who does not know how to swim — standing on top of the truck.
Weston firefighters were quick to respond because they were already out on the road in the area, shoveling hydrants from Friday’s snowfall, Deputy Fire Chief Justin Woodside said.
Firefighters were able to safely bring the driver back to land, and he was taken to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston for evaluation but no injuries were reported, state police said. He was conscious and alert, the Weston Fire Department added.
“We were able to make an effective rescue,” Woodside said. “Our two members went in with suits and we got him and it took about maybe four minutes or so upon arrival.”
According to state police, the truck went off the road, taking out the guardrail and plunging down a long embankment into the water, near the ramp from I-95 to the Massachusetts Turnpike.
The truck was carrying U.S. mail to a facility in Brockton, and U.S. Postal Inspectors were notified after the crash.
Heavy duty tows were called to the scene to help get the truck from the water, and two state police divers assisted in recovery of the tractor trailer, police said.
Packages, including USPS Priority and Amazon, were seen floating in the river later Saturday. A postal inspector told NBC10 Boston they will work on recovering the packages and sorting through them.
Drivers were asked to avoid the area of Route 128 north near Route 30, and the Mass. Pike to Route 128 north.
Exit 39 for the Mass. Pike (I-90) Weston from I-95 north remained closed for several hours following the incident.
The ramp was still closed as of 6:15 p.m., according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Video showed it remained an exceptionally active scene as crews continued their recovery efforts later Saturday.
It was not immediately clear if road conditions following Friday’s storm contributed to the cause of the crash. No other information was immediately available.