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Gas Leak Discovered On Tanker Truck Following Traffic Stop In Boston

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A tanker was cutting through Boston when police pulled it over for an inspection.

A tanker was cutting through Boston when police pulled it over for an inspection.

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BOSTON (CBS) – A routine traffic stop uncovered a potentially explosive situation.

A tanker carrying 12,000 gallons of gasoline was cutting through Boston on its way to Quincy when police pulled it over for an inspection.

It was a good thing they did because the tanker was leaking gas.

Right now tankers hauling dangerous materials are banned from the Big Dig tunnels, so many trucks wind up taking shortcuts through Boston streets.

City officials say it is a recipe for disaster.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino is pushing to ban fuel trucks from city streets, unless they’re making a delivery.

Public hearings on the safety issue are scheduled for later this month.

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