A tanker truck flipped over and exploded into flames on a highway ramp in Fall River, Massachusetts, bringing Monday morning’s rush hour traffic to a standstill. It was around 7:15 a.m. on Route 24 when the tanker carrying more than 11,000 gallons of gasoline landed on its side and became an inferno that could seen for miles around.
According to CBS Boston on Jan. 27, while the accident occurred on the Presidents Avenue exit ramp from the northbound side, both sides of Route 24 were closed down. The driver, a 46-year-old woman from Danielson, Connecticut, was pulled from the truck cab by a passerby who braved the flames to get her out and to safety.
Lisa Korch, the driver, was taken to a Rhode Island hospital with a sore shoulder. She is expected to be fine. The area of the accident in Massachusetts is on the border of Rhode Island.
Besides closing the highway in both directions, the homes in the area were evacuated due to this explosion and the gasoline fire that followed. The fumes, smoke and flames were concerns for the authorities who played it safe and had people evacuate their homes.
Korch, who was just hired by the J.P. Noonan Company, the owner of the truck, was an experienced driver of seven years. The weather at that time of the morning offered up a mix of rain, freezing rain and snow. The crash is still under investigation and there’s no word as of yet what caused the crash.
An assessment on the impact of the crash regarding the surrounding area is being investigated by the Department of Environmental Protection, who was called to the crash site this morning.