Newburyport Traffic Accident Causes Gas Spill, Forces I-95 to Close Temporarily

On Monday morning around 9:17am, a four-vehicle accident in Newburyport, Massachusetts forced the closure of Interstate 95 in both directions for several hours due to a gas spill. The accident involved a Honda Odyssey, a Toyota Corolla, a Ford Expedition, and a Freightliner gasoline tanker, which was carrying over 10,000 gallons of gasoline.

The crash caused the tanker truck to spill much of that fuel along the road and splayed the tanker across three lanes of traffic. It was not immediately clear how much gas had spilled.

Two people were seriously hurt in the accident, and at least another eight people suffered more minor injuries, according to a State Police spokesperson. The auto accident victims were take to Portsmouth Hospital in New Hampshire and Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport.

The left two lanes of northbound traffic reopened just before 5pm, while the breakdown lane and right travel lane on the northbound side remained closed as clean-up crews worked on the area.

Epic traffic jam in Newburyport after I-95 tanker crash, Boston Globe, Juy 6, 2009
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