Fuel Truck Crash Shuts Down Mass. Interstate

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A tanker truck carrying more than 10,000 gallons of gasoline rolled during a crash in Newburyport, which injured at least five people and closed both directions of Interstate 95 for hours.

State Police Trooper Eric Benson said the crash occurred in the northbound lanes just before the Route 113 exit about 9:15 a.m. Monday.

Police say an SUV and a minivan collided, and the tanker truck rolled trying to avoid them, spilling some fuel.

Southbound lanes reopened after 3:30 p.m., while northbound lanes remained closed. A 20-foot area of pavement on northbound lanes was damaged and will need repair.

A nearby neighborhood was evacuated as a precaution.

A state environmental spokesman said public water wells near the accident have been shut down as a precaution, but the public water supply has not been affected.

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