Arraignment date set for Bourne tanker crash driver

Thomas Medeiros will be arraigned in Falmouth on May 28
The driver of the gasoline tanker truck that rolled over at the Bourne Rotary on March 24 will be arraigned in Falmouth District Court in May. David G. Curran photo.

Massachusetts State Police this week announced the arraingment date has been set for the driver of the gasoline tanker truck that crashed at the Bourne Rotary on March 24. Thomas Medeiros, 47, of Westport, will be arrainged in Falmouth District Court on May 28.

Following the crash, State Police charged Medeiros with negligent operation of a motor vehicle, operating at a speed greater than reasonable and proper and failure to stay within marked lines.

On the evening of March 24, the gasoline tanker driven by Medeiros rolled over in the rotary, spilling nearly half of its 11,500 gallons. The tanker reportedly came off the Bourne Bridge and rather than turning right into the rotary, proceeded forward, crashing in the infield around 11 p.m.

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 signficant motorist delays.

Cleanup and monitoring of the site of the spill continued into April. In a Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) dated April 10, an inspector reported that all impacted soil has been removed from the area and that the area appears to be free of remediation waste. On April 6, an odor of gasoline was noted and absorbent booms were still being switched out. It is not known at this time what cleanup costs will be.


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