Tanker truck rollover on Rt. 2 in Greenfield; road closed until Tuesday

Driver was stuck inside the truck for about three hours

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A section of Route 2 in Greenfield will be closed throughout the day Monday, after a tanker truck crash by Factory Hollow Road.

Greenfield Police Lt. William Gordon told 22News that police got a call at around 3:00 A.M. about the tanker carrying aluminum sulfite, which had rolled over and down an embankment. Gordon said that the driver had been trapped inside the truck for about three hours, before being freed by firefighters. The driver was flown by helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

A hazardous materials team has been called in to observe, as the aluminum sulfite is pumped out, and into another tanker. Some also spilled near the nearby Falls Brook, but the spill has been contained.

Aluminum sulfite is a chemical used in wastewater cleanup.

Power lines were taken down in the crash, but electricity has been restored to customers in the area. Gordon said that due to the high number of crashes in the area, Eversource has put a system in place to re-route the power to minimize outages. Landline phone service, however, has been knocked out for customers in nearby Northfield as a result of the crash.

Route 2 is shut down between Adams Road and Main Road in Gill, and is expected to remain that way for about 24 hours.

To get around the road closure, drivers can take Route 2A to Turners Falls Rd. From there, they can follow 3rd Avenue to the Gill-Montague Bridge, and then get back onto Rt. 2.

Click here to view the map of the closure on your mobile device.

Greenfield firefighters working to free the truck's driver, who was trapped for about three hours. Image Courtesy: Greenfield Police Department
Greenfield firefighters working to free the truck’s driver, who was trapped for about three hours. Image Courtesy: Greenfield Police Department

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