BOURNE - The driver of a gas tanker that crashed at the Bourne Rotary last week will face charges. According to Massachusetts State Police, 47-year-old Thomas B Medeiros of Westport will be charged with three motor vehicle offenses: negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating at a speed greater than reasonable and proper and failure to stay within marked lanes.
The crash occurred last Tuesday around 11 p.m. at night. The tanker reportedly came off the Bourne Bridge and rather than turning right into the rotary, proceeded forward, crashing in the infield. The tanker turned on its side and spilled nearly half of the 11,500 gallons of gasoline it was hauling into the ground.
Medeiros was initially trapped inside the cab of the truck, but was able to free himself. He was transported by Bourne EMS to Tobey Hospital in Wareham for minor injuries.
The crash caused a complete closure of the Bourne Bridge and Bourne Rotary for several hours, followed by partial closures for several days and resulted in motorist delays. Partial closures will continue into this week as environmental cleanup continues, according to State Police.
The cab of the truck is owned by TBM Trucking of Westport, listed at Medeiros's address. The tanker is owned by DJ Cronin, Inc. of Seekonk.
State Police have applied for a complaint charging Medeiros and a court date will be set at a later time.