Soldiers Field Reopened This Morning After Tour Bus Accident Saturday Night
No further details are available at this time concerning potential charges against the driver of the bus, or the condition or count of victims still at area hospitals.
Soldiers Field Road was reopened Sunday at 3:30 a.m., eight hours after a tour bus with 42 people on board hit Bowker Overpass.
Rescue personnel worked through Saturday night first removing the victims and then clearing the bus from the road. Of the 42 passengers, 36 people were injured, including three with serious injuries and one with a life-threatening injury.
Approximately 21 went to to Beth Israel Deaconness, three to Brigham & Womens, three to New England Medical Center, seven to Massachusetts General Hospital and one to Boston Medical Center. Four were not transported.
State Police said Sunday morning that there are no more details regarding the condition of victims still at area hospitals. Boston EMS and Red Cross worked to find shelter for bus passengers not injured and those being released after treatment.
The tour bus was full of high school students and chaperones, heading back to Pennsylvania after a trip to visit Harvard University and shop and sightsee in the area.
The rescue effort to free the trapped passengers began immediately after the 7:34 p.m. crash. Using the jaws of life and backboards, firefighters removed the passengers through the top of the bus. The last victim was freed at 9 p.m.
Emergency workers, police and others spent the rest of the night clearing the road and investigating the accident. The bus was not able to be hoisted over the guardrail as originally planned, resulting in the removal of a section of guardrail which is being repaired today. Workers cleared the scene at 7:15 a.m. Sunday.
"Long hours training with jaws of life, torches, mass casualty, medical, etc., paid off," the Boston Fire Department tweeted just before 3 a.m. Sunday.
State Police and others interviewed more than 20 victims in the overnight hours. Many victims with minor injuries have been treated and released, mostly from Beth Israel Hospital.
The crash resulted in only cosmetic damage to the bridge, with no structural or safety concerns identified.