It used to be $14 billion got you a tunnel system under a city that didn't kill people. Boston's Big Dig was once one of those tunnels. Alas, no more — last night a section of tunnel inside the Interstate 90 connector beneath an industrial area of the south side collapsed onto a car, killing a woman passenger. Apparently, a steel tieback holding a 40-foot section in place gave way. Mass. Turnpike Authority Chairman Matthew Amorello was quick to get out ahead of the PR explosion by telling Bostonites precisely what they needed to hear:
"I don't believe safety is compromised elsewhere in the tunnel system..."
Despite Amorello's assurance, we ain't Bostonites — and somehow we don't think you'll be catching us driving through his tunnels any time soon — unless it's with a hard hat and umm...a tank.
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