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.

Comments (2)
  1. Italo says:

    Too bad that when they planned The Big Sinkhole, nobody among them all had the bright idea simply to limit the new roadways infrastructure to trucks, tankers, Hummers, and SUVs. They clog up half of daily traffic, they all belong with each other, and it’d be great to have them confined to their own separate roadways away from the rest of traffic, making it move faster and more smoothly.

  2. sean says:

    Just what do you drive Italo that is so much better than everyone else?

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