Gasoline tanker crash closes Bourne Bridge, rotary

State Police, firefighters respond to scene
A gasoline tanker crash Tuesday night closed the Bourne Bridge and the Bourne Rotary. David G. Curran photo.

UPDATE: The Bourne Bridge and Bourne Rotary will remain closed during the morning commute Wednesday, according to State Police. Commuters should plan accordingly. All on and off Cape access will be via the Sagamore Bridge until further notice. Bourne Public Schools issued a statement saying students, staff and teachers are expected to be late for school Wednesday due to the crash and spill. The Bourne Bridge was partially reopened at 9:14 a.m., according to State Police.

BOURNE - A gasoline tanker crashed in the Bourne Rotary around 11 p.m. Tuesday night. According to a Massachusetts State Police release, gasoline was leaking from hatches at the top of the tank. The truck was on its side in the middle of the rotary. State Police closed both the Bourne Bridge and the Bourne Rotary.

According to State Police, the truck was hauling 11,500 gallons of gas at the time of the crash. 

Firefighters from the Bourne Fire Department and Otis Air Force Base responded to the scene. Otis crews laid fire suppressant foam as a precaution, according to the release. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection also respond at the scene to assess damage done by the gasoline spill.

Officials have not yet been able to determine the carrier's name due to the condition of the truck and the suppressant foam. The driver, a 47-year-old Westport man, was trapped in the cab, but able to free himself. He was transported to an area hospital by Bourne EMS with injuries believed to be minor. His identity has not yet been released.

Police have determined the driver headed south over the bridge and rather than turning right into the rotary, drove forward into the grass infield, where the truck crash and rolled onto its side

Bourne Bridge traffic is being diverted to the Sagamore Bridge. It is unknown how long the area will be closed to traffic.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.


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