Tanker roll over forces road closure in Medford
ARLINGTON, Mass. (WHDH) -- A gasoline tanker trucked rolled over on the Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford near the Arlington town line sending thousands of gallons of fuel right into the Mystic River. Crews threw out booms to contain the spill so that it can be removed.
“You have to assume 10,000 gallons are out there,” said an official.
It was just before rush hour traffic when the tanker lost control, rolled onto its side and then skidded 100 feet. The driver was ejected and transported to Beth Israel Hospital with serious injuries. He remains in critical condition.
Richard Cain saw the whole thing happen.
“He came up and the wheels on the 18-wheeler tipped up and then it just, the backside of the trailer went down kind of slow and the front side smashed the ground, the cap side came down right behind it, and he came out the windshield. He was ejected through the windshield,” said Cain.
Good Samaritans ran to help the driver, including Officer Michael Hogan who was just recognized earlier this week for saving an elderly woman from her burning home.
“I just held traction on him, try to control the bleeding and then just waited until the fire department got there,” said Hogan.
Roughly a dozen homes were evacuated as crews worked to clean up the diesel fuel that gushed into the storm drains and then the river.
Within hours the tanker was flipped back up and towed away but police say the clean up could continue into the weekend.
“This is going to go on for some time here. We have the emergency equipment in place, we have the teams in place, we just need the public’s assistance so we can do what we need to do,” said Capt. Richard Flynn, Arlington Police Department.
Crews have thrown booms into the river and are trying to contain the oil and vacuum it all out. Police want to remind everyone to stay away from the area.