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Tanker Cut Off Before 128 Rollover, Fuel Spill

The rollover accident spilled thousands of gallons of gasoline on Route 128 Monday night.

 

Authorities believe that was cut off by a passenger car.

According to the Massachusetts State Police, in an attempt to exit off of Route 128 South, the car moved quickly from the second travel lane into the rightmost lane, close to the tanker.

The car was believed to be slowing down to exit the highway, and the tanker truck was unable to stop, said authorities.

"[The tanker] struck the passenger car, swerved and rolled over," said a MSP spokesman late Tuesday night.

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The driver of the tanker, Michael Cormier, 50, of Waltham, was transported to Massachusetts General Hospital by Woburn Fire with non-life threatening injuries. The truck is owned by Liberty Transport of Quincy.

The car's driver, Jane Lindsay, 53, of Dorchester, was transported by Woburn Fire to Winchester Hospital, also with non-life threatening injuries.

The tanker spilled almost 10,000 gallons of gas onto Route 128, causing the highway to be shut down in both directions while Woburn Fire and area fire departments, as well as hazmat cleanup crews, tended to the scene. The

According to the MSP, the crash is still being investigated.

"Charges may be forthcoming; Any charges, if filed, will be done at the conclusion of the investigation," said the state police.

Martin Rogers July 18, 2012 at 01:41 PM
No respect on the road. Passenger car was probably distracted (cell phone?), was going to miss the exit, and cut off the tanker to make it in time. Luckily the driver is alright. 1 out of every 7 tanker rollovers result in Death! This could have been worse - pollution, fatality etc. Please, PLEASE drive safely, pay attention, and respect others on the road.
David Chesler July 18, 2012 at 02:12 PM
No matter how much you pay attention on that stretch you've only got 1/4 mile to get from the "2nd" travel lane to the exit lane to Washington Street, because I-93 SB entrance becomes the new 1st of 4 travel lanes.
Holly July 18, 2012 at 03:55 PM
That area is dangerous, regardless - design stupidity at its greatest ... but yes, shame on the car driver!
mike verville July 18, 2012 at 05:44 PM
My friend NEAL MICHAUD. RIP NEAL. Died on route1 probably from same type of scene.People please respect and Be Aware of what is around you. 7-23-11 1year ago
Earnhardt July 18, 2012 at 10:24 PM
That section of roadway, in fact, that whole area has been a disaster for years, And with today's distractions, I:E Cell phones, GPS devices etc peoples attention spans are constantly changing, The area is a poor design, The distractions are great. Be aware when you drive, The probability of accidents is growing greater every day. Food for thought: In the next 5 (five years) Texting/ Electronic distractions will be taking over Alcohol/ Drugs, as the #1 killer of people on American roadways. Add in poor roadway design and the disasters will continue to grow.
Jean July 19, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Stupid drivers who don't care how they drive. Everyday I see the most moronic drivers on 128 from cutting trucks off to exiting from the second lane, etc. This woman should be charged and she should be forced to pay for the cleanup and the costs of all the police, fire and other departments. She's lucky the driver wasn't killed.

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