A female driver was killed by a flying manhole cover that crashed through her windshield on a major Boston highway during Friday’s morning commute.
Caitlin Clavette, an art teacher from Milton, was clipped by the dislodged cover around 7:50am as she exited the Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Tunnel in the southbound lane, Massachusetts State Police said, CBS Boston reported.
After the manhole cover struck the driver’s windshield, the Honda SUV continued forward on Interstate 93 south for about half a mile before striking a wall on the left shoulder of coming to a stop.
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Killed: Caitlin Clavette, an art teacher from Milton, Massachusetts, was killed on Friday when a dislodged manhole cover crashed through the windshield of her car on a Boston highway
The woman was killed when her car was struck by a flying manhole cover in Boston Friday morning
The metal manhole cover flew through the entire length of the car, killing the female driver
Images courtesy of CBS Boston
Massachusetts State Police said it was unclear what caused Friday’s freak accident on a highway in Boston
The metal object was flung through the car and exited out the rear windshield, pictures of the wreck posted to social media showed.
The woman’s car came to a halt near East Berkeley street where it hit a wall, police said.
Gov. Charlie Baker called the incident ‘bizarre’ and said highway crews were checking other manhole covers in the travel lanes of Boston-area highways to determine if any others were loose.
‘My initial reaction is what an incredible tragedy for that woman and her family and what an incredibly random tragedy,’ Baker said.
Manhole explosions can occur when underground electrical wires are damaged and cause a spark that ignite gases, a Con Edison spokesman told CBS News last year.
It was unclear Friday what caused the accident in Boston.
The video below is from a 2015 manhole incident in Buffalo, New York.