AMESBURY (CBS) – Part of Interstate 495 north in Amesbury was still shut down Thursday morning because of the aftermath of a tractor-trailer accident.

One lane of traffic was getting by as of 7 a.m.

State Police Sgt. Eric Bernstein told WBZ Radio the driver, a 53-year-old man from Brunswick, Maine, swerved to avoid a spare tire in the road Wednesday night.

WBZ News Radio’s Don Huff talks with Sgt. Eric Bernstein

The truck jackknifed and hit the guardrail. The gas tanks ruptured and about 100 gallons of diesel fuel leaked onto the road.

The front of the truck ended up hanging off the overpass over Route 110. The driver was not hurt.

About 200 feet of the guardrail was destroyed.  Some of it fell onto Route 110.

The truck was hauled away, but crews worked through the night to clean up the spilled fuel.

Comments (2)
  1. David A. Cowie says:

    The clean-up of an estimated 250 + gallons of diesel fuel is being conducted by ENPRO in coordination with local authorities and the Mass DEP. Diesel fuel spilled from the truck’s saddle tanks caused a slippery road surface and impacted adjacent soils and the storm water drainage system.

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