MBTA driver saves Boston Police SWAT robot

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An MBTA bus driver lent a hand to police this morning.
Credit: Metro file photo

An MBTA bus driver rescued a Boston Police Department robot about 6:30 a.m. today after it fell from a SWAT truck on Massachusetts Avenue.

The driver was able to salvage the bomb-detecting bot by pulling over and notifying a dispatcher.

“The dispatcher notified Transit Police, who asked the bus operator to stay at the scene until police arrived. Police arrived a short time later, and then the Route 10 bus continued on its way,” MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo told the Herald.

The bus was carrying passengers at the time.

Boston Police said the incident was caused by a bumpy ride.

“It appears the rear door of one of the Department’s bomb squad trucks popped open when it hit a pothole or bump on Mass Avenue this morning,” Boston Police Spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca said in an email. “One of the robots fell out. The truck has been taken out of service to check the locking mechanism. The robot was tested and is not damaged.”

“We are appreciative that a quick thinking MBTA bus driver saw the incident happen and called the Transit Police. The Department got the equipment back within minutes,” Fiandaca said.

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