SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Delays on Interstate 91 northbound persisted for hours Tuesday morning, even after a jackknifed tractor trailer was cleared away.
Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Valentini told 22News that a tractor trailer hit a guardrail and spilled fuel on I-91 north just before Exit 2 near the Longmeadow/Springfield line. This happened just as the morning commute was getting underway.
At one point, all lanes except for the breakdown lane were closed to traffic, with additional lanes opening up when the trailer was removed.
But the truck itself wasn’t the only problem. According to Dennis Leger, aide to the Springfield Fire Commissioner, about 100 gallons of fuel spilled as a result of the crash. Firefighters were able to plug the leak, and stopped the fluid from getting into the nearby storm drains.
He said that the highway still had to be sanded and swept to prevent it from being too slippery.
Traffic at one point extended through Longmeadow over the state line into Enfield, Connecticut. Route 5 was also heavily backed up through Longmeadow as drivers tried to avoid I-91.
By 10:30 A.M., traffic was once again moving smoothly through the Longmeadow Curve area.