Tanker truck rolls over, spills 7,500 gallons of fuel

REVERE (CBS) – A tanker truck rolled over and crashed in Revere early Wednesday morning, spilling about 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel. The issues are expected to last through the evening commute, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

The truck was hauling about 10,000 gallons of fuel when it crashed around 3:30 a.m. at the Brown Circle rotary in front of the Sunoco gas station there. All but 2,500 gallons spilled out, according to the fire department. Firefighters laid a blanket of foam to prevent the fumes from igniting or exploding.

Both sides of Route 60 were immediately shut down for about two hours.

The fire department said Brown Circle, excluding route 60 west to Route 107 north, is closed.

Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible because the fuel clean up and repairs to the pavement are expected to take most of the day.

Revere Fire Chief Chris Bright said some of the diesel spilled into the storm drains and out into the Saugus River. The Coast Guard and Department of Environmental Protection are trying to contain the spill.

A tanker truck rolled over and crashed at the Brown Circle Rotary on Route 60 in Revere early Wednesday. (WBZ-TV)

There’s no word yet on what caused the crash. The truck driver, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital to be treated for head injuries.

Revere police said the driver is not facing charges at this point in the investigation.

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