Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker spoke out on Monday about the deadly Boston Government Center parking lot collapse over the weekend, calling it a “horrible tragedy” and asking residents to be patient as the investigation and cleanup could take “several days”.
Peter Monsini, 51, of South Easton, was killed when part of a downtown Boston parking lot that was being demolished collapsed on Saturday. Monsini was completing demolition work in a construction vehicle that fell over the side of the garage when the structure collapsed.
The demolition is part of the $1.5 billion Bullfinch redevelopment project, construction firm John Moriarty & Associates said in a statement. The finished project is expected to include a parking garage surrounded by office and apartment buildings.
The victim of the Government Center car park collapse has been identified as construction worker Peter Monsini, who his cousin says was born with an “excavator in his hand”. “I admired him, he taught me a lot,” said Richard Monsini, cousin and friend of Peter.
“Obviously, we, like everyone else, feel very bad for the operator who lost his life and his family,” the governor said after a ceremony celebrating the opening of the new factory. New Balance manufacturing facility in Methuen. “It’s a complicated project and I’m glad no one else was hurt given the size and scale of the accident. I think it will be several days before we’re really in. a position where the MBTA goes for a chance to inspect the tunnels and surroundings.”
The construction accident had a huge impact on traffic over the weekend. The on-ramp to Interstate 93 north and south was closed near the Government Center after the collapse. There were also a number of road closures near the North End and Haymarket areas which made it difficult for drivers.
All roads reopened on Monday.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority released a statement on Sunday advising commuters that the T was suspending service in tunnels that pass under the Government Center parking lot while safety inspections were conducted.
Starting Monday, service is suspended on the Orange Line between North Station and Back Bay and on the Green Line between North Station and Government Center until further notice.
Baker said the state will do what it can to create “as many diversions and alternate approaches as possible to enter and exit this area, but this is going to be a messy cleanup and it will take us a few days to figure that out. outside.”
“There is a lot of work to be done to investigate both what happened and what will need to be done and what kind of shape this whole area is in, and that will take several days, and for the process of carrying out this investigative work we will do what we can to make sure people can get in and out of this area.”
The incident, he said, “was a horrific tragedy for the gentleman who died as well as for his family and obviously for all of the colleagues involved”.
“I think it will be important for this site to be treated lightly as people investigate what happened,” Baker added. “This is going to take several days of diversions and alternatives. I would ask people to understand and recognize that it’s important that we be careful and go slow on this.”