By Beth Germano

BOSTON (CBS) – Crews continued to make repairs through the day on the exit 10 off ramp on the Southeast Expressway where an 18-wheel tractor trailer crashed around 1:30 a.m., the sound ringing through the Milton neighborhood.

“It was pretty scary, my wife and kids were shaken. It was a big boom in the middle of the night,” said Glenn Hoffman.

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An aerial view of the truck crash after sunrise Thursday. (WBZ-TV)

Police say 43-year-old Eri Pleitez of Lynn was drunk behind the wheel of the big rig that was carrying 38,000 pounds of Wisconsin cheese to a facility in Assonet. He hit a wall, taking down power lines along the way, and ended up on his right side. It brought the expressway to a standstill.

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The truck was carrying cheese when it crashed at Exit 10 early Thursday morning. (WBZ-TV)

“It went up on the wall and it just flipped over. It’s a good thing the wall stopped him. If he came this way he’d demolish the house,” said nearby resident Roger Killalea.

Prosecutors say Pleitez told troopers he had six beers at a friend’s birthday party in Chelsea, and while defense attorney John Stevens says he admits he had something to drink “his last beer was consumed three hours earlier.”

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Eri Pleitez, 43, of Lynn appears in court on March 16, 2017. (WBZ-TV)

Pleitez says he was cut off by a black pickup truck that forced him up the ramp, but troopers say he failed field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol level of .11.

Friends are defending the married father of three who’s a self employed truck driver with no previous record. “He’s just a really nice guy, a good father, someone hit him,” said friend Jo Dellamano.

Pleitez has made bail that was set at $2500.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Ben Parker reports
Comments (4)
  1. TRAGEBRIE STRIKES BOSTON SUBURB. Miltonites flocked to see the Gruyeresome sight as rescue workers tried to save the overturned truck’s precious cargo. The Muensterous scene made the onlookers all look quite bleu, with one particularly emotional neighbor heard to whisper, “Por queeeeeso?” Don’t cry over spilled milk, they say–but 38,000 pounds of cheese? There was dairy a dry eye in sight

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