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Part Of Mass Pike In Newton Closed For Hours For Truck Fire, Fuel Spill

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Exit 16 in Newton was closed during the cleanup.  (photo courtesy: David Wade)

Exit 16 in Newton was closed during the cleanup. (photo courtesy: David Wade)

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NEWTON (CBS) — A portion of the Mass Pike was closed for much of the day Monday because of a tractor-trailer diesel spill and fire.

The westbound side of the Route 16 interchange in Newton was closed at 10:45 a.m. when the truck fire started. About 100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled when the truck’s gas tanks ruptured during the fire.

Crews worked until 4:30 p.m. cleaning up the spilled fuel.

The driver, a 37-year-old man from New York City, was not injured. The truck is registered to Abilene Motor Express of Richmond, Virginia.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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