HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A jackknifed tractor trailer caused significant traffic delays and the need for an environmental cleanup Tuesday morning.
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection spokeswoman Elizabeth Stinehart told 22News an estimated 200-gallons of diesel fuel leaked out of the tractor trailer when it crashed into a guardrail on I-91 Southbound at the Holyoke-Easthampton line.
Massachusetts State Police Trooper Chris Dumas told the truck driver wasn’t injured in the crash.
The accident happened around 4:15 Tuesday morning, and with one lane of the highway shut down, delays continued throughout the morning commute. Massachusetts State Police reported that the cleanup was completed just after 9:30, and that all lanes of traffic have re-opened.
Stinehart said firefighters and crews from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation used absorbent booms, pads, and sand to absorb the fuel that leaked onto the highway, but the bigger problem was directly below the highway, where fuel leaked onto the Manhan Rail Trail in Easthampton.
Stinehart told 22News MassDEP crews have been able to clean about 50 gallons of the fuel on the trail so far, but will continue working through the day. Environmental Services Inc., a private contractor, brought in heavy machinery to help clean the fuel quicker.
Stinehart said since most of the fuel went into storm drains, so crews are also checking nearby water to make sure it’s clean.
All of the fuel has been cleared from the highway for the most part, but there is no word on how long it will take to clean the remaining fuel on the trail in Easthampton.