Duck Boats Should Be Fun But Maybe Not

By Tiffany Williams –

On Wednesday Boston Police were in the area of 50 Staniford St. investigating a duck boat accident.

The accident happened just after 3 p.m. and there were no reported injuries.

The duck boat crashed into an MBTA The Ride vehicle, an MBTA service that brings people to their doctors appointments.

The MBTA says that there was no passengers in the vehicle.

In August a duck boat crashed into a car on at the intersection of Congress and State Streets.

One person in that accident suffered minor injuries.

Duck boats or amphibious tour boats travel on land and in water, they are regulated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Coast Guard but there truly is no oversight.

In July, on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo. during a heavy storm with near hurricane-force winds, a duck boat struggled toward shore but eventually sinking and Seventeen people died.

In the past 20 years, 40 people have been killed in duck boat accidents in the United States.

Robert Mongeluzzi, a Philadelphia attorney who has represented persons injured in dock boat accidents says, “They are death traps and they should be banned.”

In 2016 Allison Warmuth was fatally run over by a duck boat in Boston and Marylou Clarke from New Jersey was hit by a duck boat in Boston.

While Boston Police have not issued any official statement on the cause of the duck boat accident on Wednesday, duck boats in Boston and around the nation have an ugly past and some say that unless lawmakers take action, duck boats should be banned.

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