BOURNE - Lane restrictions near the Bourne Bridge and the Bourne Rotary will continue today according to Bourne police. Crews are still cleaning up the spill and extensive damage caused by an overturned gasolin tanker at the Rotary Tuesday night. According to Massachusetts State Police, the tanker, which was carrying 11,500 gallons of fuel, dumped 5,000 gallons into the rotary and the surrounding storm drains
Both the Bourne Bridge and the Bourne Rotary were closed following the crash Tuesday night around 11 p.m. By 9:15 a.m. restricted lanes had opened on the bridge while cleanup continued through the entire day Tuesday.
According to Bourne police, lane restrictions in the area will continue Thursday. The inner lane of the rotary remains closed. There will be a merge to one lane entering the rotary from the Bourne Bridge (southbound) and MacArthur Boulevard (northbound). Delays are expected and motorists should consider alternate routes or adding drive time.
Massachusetts State Police have identified the driver of the tanker as 47-year-old Thomas B. Medeiros of Westport. Medeiros was intially trapped in the cab following the crash, but was able to free himself. He was transported to Tobey Hospital in Wareham for minor injuries.
The cause of the crash is under investigation by State Police. The outcome of that crash will determine whether or not Medeiros will face charges. The cab of the truck is owned by TBM Trucking of Westport, listed at Medeiros's address. The tank is owned by DJ Cronin, Inc. of Seekonk.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection responded to the scene Tuesday night. An environmental clean up company continues to work at the scene.
According to Massachusetts State Police, the truck left the Bourne Bridge and rather than turning into the rotary, continued forward, jumping a curb and striking an embankment. The truck came to rest on its right side, spill fuel onto the ground and into the soil.