It was anything but a smooth ride for a Boston Police Department robot on Massachusetts Avenue early yesterday after it fell from the back of a bomb squad truck that hit a pothole but was quickly rescued by an eagle-eyed MBTA bus driver, authorities said.
"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. 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," Boston police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca told the Herald.
"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," she said.
The robot hit the ground near Victoria's Diner at Massachusetts Avenue and Shirley Street around 6:30 a.m., MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo said. "The bus operator pulled over, and immediately notified his dispatcher on the radio," Pesaturo said.
Once police arrived and collected the robot, the bus, which was carrying passengers, continued on its way, Pesaturo said.
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