Wednesday, October 23, 2019

We apologize for the delay experienced late Monday afternoon/evening on the Causeway. At 4:11 PM, one of our Motorist Assistance Patrollers (MAP) driving north bound sighted and reported a possible breakdown on the south bound bridge. Three minutes later our Officers and MAP arrived on a three car crash at the 14.5 mile mark blocking both lanes. Tragically, one of the occupants was crushed and perished.

Rubber necking from the northbound bridge began immediately. Curiosity is natural but slowing down on a high speed roadway to look at a tragedy is dangerous. Some selfish individuals even tried to film on smart phones. During peak traffic hours like last night, this induced backups all the way to the south shore. The delay was compounded by three separate breakdowns in northbound traffic that required help during the same period.

Our first responders are excellent and typically on scene in just a few minutes. Their fast action last night prevented more injuries. Please remember that if your vehicle has flat on the Causeway to keep driving to a crossover or shoulder. If you can’t make it to a crossover/shoulder, exit the vehicle immediately and stand on the curb behind your vehicle.

Nothing is more precious than life and every life has a face. As always, last night we were trying our best to prevent crashes and save lives. We’re sorry too that our traffic advisories last night were not as timely/detailed as we’d like.