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All southbound lanes of Route 95 in Attleboro are expected to be closed until at least noon, as police and firefighters work to clean up the mess left when a tanker truck carrying 11,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed, spilling the toxic liquid into a neighborhood.
Homes in the area of Read Street were evacuated after the truck rolled over at about 4:47 a.m. and starting leaking jet fuel.
Traffic is backing up on Route 95 in both directions, causing a painful morning commute for some drivers.
State Police Sgt. Dave Mahan said southbound Route 95 at exit 4 is expected to be closed until at least noon. One lane on the northbound side is also closed.
Firefighters put a layer of foam over the fuel to guard against the ignition of the highly flammable fuel, which has been leaking out of the truck for at least four hours.
"If this stuff gets going, it's highly volatile and it's distributed over a great area," said Attleboro Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Livesey.
Livesey said the crash site is uphill and all the fuel is flowing downhill, off the Route 95 overpass and onto a residential area, which prompted the evacuation. He said the truck was carrying 11,000 gallons of jet fuel when it crashed, causing a "significant" rupture in the tank.
The truck was traveling on Route 95 South when it collided with a car, which was also traveling south, Mahan said.
State Police continue to investigate.
Two people inside the car as well as the truck driver were taken to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries considered non life-threatening, Mahan said.
Drivers are being detoured off the road and people are being advised to seek alternate routes.

http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1130447&pos=breaking

Crash, jet fuel spill shuts I-95 at Attleboro/RI border



BY STEPHEN PETERSON SUN CHRONICLE STAFF
Thursday, November 6, 2008 10:04 AM EST
 

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Crash, jet fuel spill shuts I-95 at Attleboro/RI border
BY STEPHEN PETERSON SUN CHRONICLE STAFF
Thursday, November 6, 2008 10:04 AM EST


Fire trucks block Read Street in Attleboro just under the I-95 south overpass after a tanker truck rolled over, spilling jet fuel and forcing the evacuation of homes in the area. (Staff photo by Mike George)

ATTLEBORO - A tanker truck carrying jet fuel landed on a car on Interstate 95 South this morning, leaking thousands of gallons of fuel, shutting down both sides of the interstate for a couple of hours, and leading to the evacuation of about a dozen homes in South Attleboro.

One person was seriously injured and all three victims were taken to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence.

The messy crash gridlocked area traffic throughout the morning commute, and tied up police and fire departments from as far away as Raynham and Burrillville, R.I., who poured foam on the tanker to keep it from catching fire.

The accident was reported about 5 a.m. near Route 123 and the Read Street overpass. The crash is not far from a weigh station. Traffic was backed up for miles even before 6 a.m. Traffic was funneled to Interstate 295, and routes 1, 1A, and 123 as well as area side roads.

At about 7 a.m., Interstate 95 North lanes were opened up but traffic was reported slow moving for some time. About 40 residents who were evacuated were told to go to the South Attleboro Fire Station, which was turned into a shelter. At one point, 10 families were there, but all have since made other arrangements and none remain. Jet fuel was entering a storm pipe and environmental authorities responded as did Clean Harbors environmental cleanup crews. MassHighway sent a truck with sand for road cleanup.


James Stors, left, and his mother Lisa talk with Attleboro firefighter Dave Capraro at the South Attleboro Fire Station. The Stors, who live near the Read Street overpass, were evacuated to the fire station. (Staff photo by Mike George)

Firefighters from North Attleboro, Mansfield, Norton, Seekonk, Rehoboth, Easton and Pawtucket also responded.

A foam truck from T.F. Green State Airport was also called to the scene. A staging area for emergency personnel was set up at nearby Cardi's furniture store on Newport Avenue (Route 1A).

The Attleboro Police Department is asking people to be aware of the smell of petroleum coming from storm drains. If anyone smells petroleum coming from a drain, they're asked to call the Attleboro Fire Department at 508-222-2323.

The state police and other agencies will be holding a press conference at 11 a.m. Sun Chronicle photographers and reporters are at the scene. This story will be updated as details become available.

http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2008/11/06/news/3898578.txt

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Man who drove car that collided with tanker to get summons

ATTLEBORO - The driver of a car that swerved out of control and collided with a tanker, spilling explosive jet fuel that shut down Interstate 95 Thursday, is being issued a criminal summons to appear in court.

State police spokesman Sgt. Timothy Finn said Andrew Tavarez, 21, of East Providence, R.I., was mailed a summons to appear at a future date in Attleboro District Court to answer charges in connection with the accident that also resulted in the evacuation of 35 residents living in a dozen homes near the crash scene.

About 3,700 gallons of aviation fuel spilled out of the tanker that rolled onto its side.

The exact details of the charges in the summons weren't immediately available, and troopers are expected to deliver those charges to Attleboro District Court Monday, according to Finn.

Based on a preliminary investigation of the accident, a 1997 Volvo driven by Tavarez, traveling on I-95 South around 4:45 a.m. Thursday, served to avoid a slower moving vehicle in the middle lane of the three-lane highway, when Tavarez allegedly lost control of his vehicle. The Volvo crashed into a cement barrier on the left side of the highway, veered right across the highway and struck the driver's side of the tanker, causing it to veer out of control and roll onto its left side.

The truck slid across the highway, landing on top of the Volvo's hood, and blocked all lanes of the southbound side of I-95.

The tanker was transporting up to 11,000 gallons of jet fuel to T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, R.I., and spilled about 3,700 gallons of that fuel when a seam in the tank broke.

About 100 firefighters from Attleboro and a dozen other communities, along with a crew and a foam truck from Green Airport responded to the accident and assisted with containing the spill and preventing the highly flammable fuel from igniting.

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Staties: Driver who hit tanker had pot pipe


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CRASH: Firefighters gather at the scene of last week's tanker accident that spilled thousands of gallons of jet fuel onto Interstate 95.

The Rhode Island driver blamed for touching off last week's crash that shut down Interstate 95 for most of the day allegedly had a marijuana pipe in the car and was speeding when his Volvo clipped a truck carrying jet fuel, state police say.
Andrew Tavares, 21, of East Providence, R.I., was charged yesterday with negligent operation, marked lanes violation, speeding, driving an unregistered car, failure to notify the Registry of Motor Vehicles of an address change and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with the Nov. 6 crash.
The 4:47 a.m. crash sent three people to the hospital, forced the evacuation of 14 homes and shut down the southbound side of the highway in Attleboro for 10 hours.
Tavares has been summonsed to appear in Attleboro District Court.
State police said Tavares touched off the crash when he changed lanes to pass a car, lost control and swerved across the highway, striking a tractor trailer carrying 11,000 gallons of jet fuel. The fuel spill crippled traffic all day.

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