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1 Evaluated After Duck Boat, Car Crash in Downtown Boston

One person is being evaluated, but police say there were no serious injuries

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    Duck Boat and Car Crash Near Old State House

    Police are investigating after a duck boat collided with a car in downtown Boston.

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018)

    One person is being evaluated after a duck boat and a vehicle were involved in a crash in downtown Boston, according to police.

    The incident happened at about 1:45 p.m Thursday at State and Congress streets, just behind the Old State House. The Boston Duck Tours vehicle was filled with passengers at the time of the accident.

    Police said the duck boat and a sedan were driving east on Congress Street and turning into the same lane heading south on Devonshire Street when they collided.

    "I heard this weird screeching because the duck boat was pushing the car sideways up the street so it was this weird screeching sound," said one witness. "I turned and looked and sure enough the duck boat had hit the car. It hit it sort of in the back of the car and then it like spun it or something and then it was in a T bone position."

    Police said there were no serious injuries.

    An aerial photo from the scene showed multiple emergency vehicles at the crash scene.

    A witness said the duck boat passengers were transferred onto a new duck boat shortly after the accident.

    Although Thursday's incident wasn't fatal, this isn't the first time a Boston duck boat has been involved in a crash. In 2016, a woman was killed when the scooter she was riding on in Beacon Hill was hit by a duck boat.

    Seventeen people were killed last month when a duck boat on a Missouri lake sank during a severe storm.

    The amphibious vehicles used by Boston's Duck Boat Tours are annually inspected by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and U.S. Coast Guard, and are checked multiple times a day by the company's mechanics, according to the company.

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    Boston's Duck Boat Tours also said last month that its drivers must also complete weeks of training before operating a vehicle on the road.

    Thursday's crash remains under investigation.

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