BOSTON — A major elevated highway just north of downtown Boston was temporarily closed after a tractor trailer hauling empty cases of beer lost control and struck a guardrail, leaving the truck cab hanging off the road over the Leverett Connector ramp 40 feet below.
The Friday afternoon accident, which also involved a second smaller truck, snarled traffic for hours, and delayed commuter trains whose tracks run below the highway.
State Police said the crash on Interstate 93 northbound near Exit 28 was reported after 2 p.m., closing two lanes of the highway for almost two hours. At one point, northbound traffic was backed up 12 miles south to the Braintree Split. The Leverett Connector highway ramp below was also closed until the dangling cab was removed at about 4:40 p.m. Police say heavy rain and poor road conditions may have contributed to the crash.
The accident spilled upwards of 20 gallons of diesel fuel onto the roadway causing unsafe road conditions. The Boston Fire Department spread numerous bags of chemical drying solution onto the road to assist cleaning the spill, making the road safer for travel.
Boston fire officials said the driver and a passenger got out of the cab and weren’t hurt. The driver of the smaller truck was taken to the hospital as a precaution.