‘Storrowed’ boat wreaks havoc on commuter rail on Sunday

The boat became stuck around 11:15 a.m.

Storrowed boat in Beverly. Courtesy of the MBTA

It may not have happened on Storrow Drive, but when a boat became wedged beneath the Beverly drawbridge along the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line, it interrupted train traffic for several hours.

The incident happened around 11:15 a.m. on Sunday, according to Justin Thompson, a spokesperson for Keolis, which operates the commuter rail. Authorities from the MBTA and Keolis headed to the scene to check the bridge, and also help get trains moving again.

Meanwhile, bus service was put in place during the response, Thompson said.

One outbound train was reportedly over an hour late due to holding at Beverly Depot because of the bridge issue, according to the commuter rail on Twitter. An inbound train was also running about an hour late due the incident. Many other trains suffered delays due to the wayward watercraft.


Service was ramped up around 1:45 p.m. but with expected delays continuing due to speed restrictions and train traffic, officials said on Twitter.

The train schedule was back to normal around 2:30 p.m., Thompson said.

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