CHARLESTOWN (CBS) – The lower deck of Route 93 south was closed near the Leverett Connector for about three hours Thursday morning because of tractor-trailer rollover.
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The truck crashed and spilled a load of clay onto the road around 5:30 a.m., forcing police to shut down all lanes of traffic.
The driver was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with minor injuries. The cause of the crash is still not known.
A state trooper told WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Carl Stevens that crews were able to stop about 50 gallons of diesel and hydraulic fuel leaking from the truck from getting into a nearby storm drain.
Three large tow trucks were brought in to remove the 18-wheeler. It was uprighted at about 7:15 a.m. The highway was re-opened just before 8:30 a.m.
All traffic was diverted at exit 26 and detours directed drivers towards Leverett Circle and back on to 93.
Traffic was backed up several miles, all the way to Stoneham.
Drivers complained that there were no warning signs posted on the highway to warn them about the upcoming crash site and the backup associated with it.