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5 hurt in "duck boat" accident in Boston

July 16, 2010

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BOSTON—An amphibious duck boat crashed into seven cars on a Boston highway Friday, and five people were treated for minor injuries, state police said.

It was the second time in a week that a duck boat was involved in an accident, though the driver of another vehicle was cited in the first crash.

Trooper Thomas Murphy said the accident Friday happened at about 12:15 p.m. on a ramp connecting to Storrow Drive.

Cindy Brown, general manager of Boston Duck Tours, said the driver couldn't stop after a computer box on board came loose and jammed behind the duck boat's brake pedal.

"Once the driver saw it down there and was able to kick it away, he was able to brake on his own," she said.

Brown said none of the 32 people on board was hurt, and they continued on the tour in a different duck boat. Brown said it's not known why the box came loose, though every duck boat will be inspected to make sure the problem doesn't happen again, she said.

The company uses a fleet of 28 World War II-era duck boats for land and water tours.

A duck boat was involved in another accident in Boston on Tuesday, when a car with carrying three people -- including one in a wedding gown -- tried to pass and became wedged between a duck boat and delivery truck. A female passenger rushed from the car after the accident "due to their wedding ceremony," according to a police report. The car's driver was cited for an unsafe lane change.

"We were in the wrong place at the wrong time in that one," Brown said Friday.

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