REVERE (CBS) – A tanker truck rolled over and crashed in Revere early Wednesday morning, spilling nearly 10,000 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 the fuel from Revere to Barre when it rolled onto its right side while entering the Brown Circle rotary around 3:30 a.m. The tank was punctured and nearly all of the fuel spilled out, according to State Police. Firefighters laid a blanket of foam to prevent the fumes from igniting or exploding.
Both sides of Route 60 were immediately shut down and parts have been opened and closed through the day for the cleanup and road repairs.
Drivers were asked to avoid the area if possible. Milling and paving is expected to start around 8 p.m. where the crash damaged the road, MassDOT said.
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.
State police said the truck had a "defect in its braking system" at the time of the crash.
The truck driver, identified only as a 41-year-old man, was taken to the hospital to be treated for head injuries. Revere Police said he is not facing charges at this point in the investigation.
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