BOSTON – The Ted Williams Tunnel closed to traffic for two organ transplants Thursday, briefly disrupting the morning commute for thousands trying to navigate Boston.
A WWE host is now taking partial responsibility for the shutdown. It was one of her kidneys that raced through the tunnel, on its way to save a life.
According to a social media post by Megan Morant, her kidney donation was responsible for one of the two closures when it was driven to Logan Airport.
Although Morant says she doesn̵[ads1]7;t know where the kidney was going, she knows it will help make a life-changing difference.
“I don’t know where it went, but I hope it flew first class,” Morant wrote on Instagram. “I know this will change the recipient’s (who is still a stranger at the moment) life forever.”
The I-90 westbound lanes and Route 1A southbound ramps to the tunnel were restricted around 8:15 a.m. to accommodate the traffic, MassDOT announced at 8 a.m. as commuters hit the roads in and around the city.
The tunnel reopened to traffic just after 8:15 a.m., but the remaining traffic lasted for miles.
The ramps were restricted again at 11:45 a.m. to accommodate an additional organ transport, MassDOT said.
The Ted Williams Tunnel and Tobin Bridge have served as alternate travel routes for drivers since the Sumner Tunnel closed earlier this month. MassDOT says it has been working with public safety and transportation officials to plan for scenarios like Thursday’s.
“We did a lot of planning so that everyone knows their role and what to do in the event of an emergency,” said State Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “We’ve been very confident in our approach, and this was a good example of how it works in real time.”
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