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Tipped Tanker Closes Commuter Rail, Route 128 Near Woburn

Both commuter rail service and traffic on Route 128 and I-93 will be affected, authorities say

Update: Tanker removed from the scene around 3:00 a.m. Tuesday, according to witnesses at the scene. 

Original post: A tanker truck rollover on Route 128 Monday night could affect Tuesday morning's commute, including local MBTA commuter rail services.

Route 128 South was initially closed at 10 p.m. after a tanker truck rolled over at Exit 36 near the Route 93 cloverleaf and the Woburn Mall, unleashing a river of gasoline, as reported by Woburn Patch.

The Reading to Boston commuter rail line will be closed during the fuel spill cleanup, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) said via Twitter.

MBTA riders should check alerts on the MBTA's website and the MBTA's official Twitter feed for the latest updates.

MassDOT also reported that all Route 128 traffic is being diverted. Northbound traffic is being detoured on Route 38 (Main Street, Woburn) and southbound vehicles are being put onto Route 93.

Officials expect 128 to remain closed until at least 7 a.m.

Reports state that hazmat teams are blanketing Route 128 with foam, in an attempt to clean up the gasoline which is reportedly leaking from several spots on the tanker. There may be 8,000 to 10,000 gallons leaking from the truck.

A preliminary investigation by the State Police said that the gasoline tanker was involved in an accident with a passenger car. The tanker's driver was taken to Mass General Hospital with unknown injuries.

TIM H July 17, 2012 at 09:36 AM
I drive that road early every day and those tanker trucks are FLYING.i am suprised that this hasnt hap before
Lisa Letourneau July 17, 2012 at 09:52 AM
Why is the commuter rail closed I don't get it!

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