Tractor Trailer Crashes into Boston Common

A tractor trailer truck went across Beacon Street and down a flight of stairs on the Boston Common.
A tractor trailer truck went across Beacon Street and down a flight of stairs on the Boston Common. –Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

A 60-foot flatbed truck crashed into the Boston Common Thursday afternoon, blocking some traffic as emergency officials responded to the scene.

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

According to the Associated Press, the truck had brake trouble, which sent the cab down a set of stairs leading to the Common.

District Fire Chief Kevin Brooks says the accident occurred Thursday after the out-of-state truck driver got lost and wound up in the city’s congested Beacon Hill neighborhood.

Brooks says a police officer was trying to guide the truck out of the narrow streets when the brakes apparently lost air pressure.

The Boston Fire Department said via Twitter that they responded to the scene at Walnut and Beacon streets at 11:48 a.m. No one was injured and the driver stayed at the scene to speak with police, according to the fire department.

Boston firefighters worked to stabilize the vehicle this afternoon as the fuel tanks were unloaded. The fire department said the truck would be towed from the Common.

Images from the scene showed the truck blocking the entire width of Beacon Street.

Here are some images from the scene:

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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