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Tanker rolls over in Revere rotary spilling 10,000 gallons of fuel on roadway

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A tanker rolled over in a rotary in Revere early Wednesday and spilled 10,000 gallons of fuel onto the roadway.

The crash happened at 4 a.m. at the Broadway Circle rotary on Route 60. The 2007 International tanker ended up on its side in front of a gas station.

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“I can’t imagine there were many cars on the roadway. This has been a point where we’ve had some rollovers in recent years,” Revere Fire Department Chief Chris Bright said.

Bright said crews from surrounding towns were called in to try to stop the diesel from going down storm drains and prevent a potential fire or explosion.

"We have a foam line set up to suppress the vapors, and we have a second alarm assignment here. Roads will be shut down all day. People will have to find alternative routes," Bright said.

The carrier in the crash was Goguen Transportation Inc. of Gardner, Mass.; the operator was a 41-year-old man, state police said. The origin of the fuel transport was Revere, and the destination was Barre, Massachusetts.

The tractor was a 2007 International with Massachusetts registration while the semi-trailer it was pulling had a Maine registration, state police said.

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Coast Guard also responded and deployed hard booms and vacuum trucks at a nearby drainage ditch that runs toward Diamond Creek, which is part of the Rumney Marsh.

“We want to clean up as much as we can and have minimal impact on the wildlife and the plants,” Coast Guard Lt. Berto Perez said.

DEP officials said, so far, there's no impact on Diamond Creek and no reports of wildlife impacted, but cautioned that could change with the tide.

“We have a really good opportunity right now with the tide going out, the levels going down to collect and contain what we have,” Peres said. “When the water comes back in it will wash the things we have off the shore.”

Repairs were required before the road could reopen. MassDOT said milling and paving of the damaged area should be completed in time for the Thursday morning commute.

The driver, a 41-year-old man, was not injured.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


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