Both directions of Route 128 in Woburn were shut down late Monday night due to the rollover of a gasoline tanker. According to State police, the crash occurred in the southbound lanes of 128. According to an officer, the driver of the vehicle was attempting to pull of the roadway near Washington Street at Exit 36.
Jane Lindsay, 53, of Dorchester, reportedly pulled in front of the tanker as she was nearing the exit and was struck. This crash then led the truck to swerve and roll over. Lindsay was taken to Winchester Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the tanker, 50-year-old Michael Cormier, was also taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
Rescue workers stated that the tanker was carrying about 8,000 to 10,000 gallons of fuel when the collision occurred, some of which did leak onto the road. Officials also evacuated nearby homes and businesses while they worked to maintain the spill, but both sides of the roadway were reopened by 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. Traffic delays were reportedly still “significant” throughout the morning commute.
Gasoline tanker rollover closes Rte. 128, The Boston Channel, July 18, 2012