Flipped car shuts Mass. Ave. Bridge into Cambridge

Flipped car on Massachusetts Avenue in Boston

Brinley Mooney looked out her window to see a car flipped on its side on Mass. Ave. between Beacon Street and the river.

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Wow. That must have happened

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Wow. That must have happened just as I left. As I was driving by, I did see a car fly through the intersection blowing a red light and almost hitting another car. Wonder if it was the same guy.

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I always wonder

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whenever I see a turtle car on u-hub..

How does this happen in the city? I mean, what are the physics involved?

Are they going so fast they hit a bump that is usually quite small, but with speed and momentum and trying to turn too sharply to avoid something very sudden in the dense city, it destabilizes the car enough to go on its side in small area?

Mostly only seen on the highway, where cars can go faster in general.

Then again, you can get up to highway speeds in places in the city if you really want to, and are removed enough from common sense at the time.

I think I answered my own question.

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Happens in the boonies, too

A friend flipped her car yesterday. She wasn't in the city, but in an exurb. Another vehicle sideswiped her vehicle and forced her off the pavement where she rolled her front wheel up on a rock and flipped.

All you have to do is get some rotational momentum going somehow - like being hit on one side and tipping on the other. In the city, a curb can do this if you hit it just right and/or there is another vehicle involved.

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You see...

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A bike saw this guy coming and intentionally left the bike lane in order to swerve 3 lanes across the bridge and back again.

Sincerely,

Markk

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