Duxbury: Front-end loader and pickup truck stuck in bay as high tide rolls in

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Powder Point Bridge in Duxbury has been closed for months because the piles that support the deck of the bridge need to be wrapped with carbon fiber.

During low tide, crews work on the piles and they use a golf cart to shuttle themselves back to shore. Thursday morning, the golf cart got stuck in the sand underneath the bridge. A white pickup truck tried rescuing the golf cart but the pickup truck got stuck. Then, a front-end loader that’s being used to restore Duxbury Beach attempted to help the pickup truck but the loader got stuck as well.

According to Town Manager Richard MacDonald, the Duxbury Harbormaster rescued the driver of the loader by boat. All drivers safely made it back to shore without injury.

As high tide rolled in, the loader and pickup truck were submerged underwater. In fear of fuel spilling into the ocean, Duxbury emergency workers placed containment booms around the vehicles. MacDonald said the Massachusetts Department of Environment Protection was notified of the incident.




Front-end loader and white pickup truck stuck in water





Booms being placed around loader and truck





Duxbury Fire and emergency crews





Crews preparing containment booms



About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.