When a tugboat driver radioed ahead Saturday to have the Meridian Street Bridge (officially, the Andrew McArdle Bridge) raised, he got no response, so police were called in to see if the bridge operator was OK. Turns out, according to WCVB, he was intoxicated.
The operator, who is a City of Boston DPW employee, was taken into protective custody by police and is now on administrative leave.
Put this together with the air traffic controller who was on a personal phone call when a plane and helicopter crashed over the Hudson River last week and the T driver who was texting when his trolley crashed, and we're getting a bit worried about the people who man our transportation infrastructure.
Update (8/17): The drawbridge operator, Robert Finn, resigned today, according to the Boston Herald.