Last week in Attleboro, Massachusetts, an early morning truck accident forced officials to close Interstate 95. The crash occurred around 4:45am when a 1997 Volvo hit a concrete barrier and swerved across all traffic lanes, colliding with the driver’s side of a tractor-trailer.
Michael Cowan, 37, of Northbridge was driving the fuel-filled rig, which began to leak the fuel it was transporting. It is estimated about a third of the 11,000 gallons in the truck’s tanker leaked onto the road, and all four lanes were closed.
It took until early afternoon for fire and environmental crews to off-load the spilled fuel and right the truck. Fourteen area homes were evacuated because of the fuel leak. All four lanes of traffic were reopened by 3:30pm.
Cowan and two other crash victims were transported to Rhode Island Hospital and treated for minor injuries. State police Massachusetts and Rhode Island are investigating the interstate accident along with the state fire marshal, the state Department of Environmental Protection, the North Attleboro and T.F. Green Airport fire departments, and the state fire marshal.