Roadway Safety Tips - Tunnel Emergency Awareness
Save your life . . . not your car!
Public safety is a priority at MassDOT. Please follow these important safety tips when traveling through our tunnels. Please Remember - Fire and Smoke Can Kill!
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If you are in an Accident or Disabled Vehicle in the Tunnels:
The tunnels are monitored by the Highway Operations Center on a twenty-four hour basis by personnel and a range of technology. State Police and MassDOT first responders are strategically located throughout the tunnel system to respond to incidents as soon as possible.
- Pull to side of the road, if you can
- Activate your hazard flashing lights
- Call 911 and follow instructions
- Stay in your vehicle if it is safe to do so
- Wait for emergency responders for assistance
When Entering A Tunnel . . .
- Stay alert!
- Turn on your headlights
- Obey all signs and signals
- Listen to media for traffic updates
- Do not enter if you notice smoke near the entrance or if your car is smoking or burning
- Maintain a safe driving distance
- Hazardous Materials are prohibited, including propane
In Congested Traffic . . .
- Listen to media for updates
- Maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, even if traffic is moving slowly
- Note the location of emergency exits
- Follow the instructions of MassDOT officials, State Police, and message signs
If There's A Fire . . .
- Stop, turn off the engine, and exit your vehicle
- To assist emergency personnel, please leave your keys in the vehicle
- For your safety leave your belongings in the vehicle
- Call 911
- Follow the instructions of Fire Department, State Police, MassDOT officials, and message signs
- Exit at the nearest tunnel entrance, unless directed otherwise
- Assist others, if you can