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32. Tanker wreck shuts down Mass. Pike May 19, 2006, 15:36 Dan =0)
 
Here we go, courtesy boston.com:

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/city_region/breaking_news/2006/05/tanker_wreck_sh.html

Tanker wreck shuts down Mass. Pike
By Elizabeth Raftery, Globe correspondent

Crews from the State Police, Hopkinton Fire Department, Department of Environmental Protection, and other agencies are working to remove an overturned tanker that has shut down the Massachusetts Turnpike in both directions since about 8:35 this morning.

The tanker was carrying liquid methane when it collided with a 2003 Infiniti sedan on the Pike westbound just west of Exit 11A, rolled on to its side and blocked all three westbound lanes. The truck and car drivers sustained minor injuries and were taken to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

The highway is closed in both directions between Exit 10 in Auburn and Exit 12 in Framingham. Eastbound traffic is being diverted to Route 290 in Auburn and westbound vehicles to Route 9 in Framingham. Police are hoping to open lanes in at least one direction by late this afternoon, said Sergeant David Paine of the State Police. But police are urging drivers to seek alternate routes.

Although no methane was leaked in the accident, it must be transferred to another truck before the vehicle can be moved, a process which may take several hours and could affect rush hour traffic, Paine said.

"It's kind of sensitive raising the vehicle," he said. "They want to make sure they do it safely."

Transgas, which owns the tanker, issued a statement that said in part: "The trailer portion of the truck is a double-walled vacuum insulated container, constructed similar to a thermos bottle. The design of the truck provides a strong and rigid protective layer to prevent the cargo from leaking in circumstances like this.

"There is an empty trailer truck on the scene currently transferring the cargo and that work is ongoing. An emergency team from Transgas has been on the scene."


Posted by the Boston Globe City & Region Desk at 02:08 PM

Okay, so I should hopefully be in the clear, then. It still might be a pain as all traffic in that section is diverted...

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