Tractor-trailer jackknifes on Route 24 northbound in Brockton; no injuries reported

Brockton, MA 03/24/14 Rte 24 northbound at the rte 27 exit. A tractor trailer unit jackknifed around 2pm today effectively blocking all travel lanes ( save the breakdown) and lost a reported 80 gallons of diesel fuel from a ruptured saddle tank. Officials on scene reported no injuries as the truck driver stated he was cut off by another vehicle. Crews checked highway drains and a nearby culvert for possible contamination. ( George Rizer for the Globe ) for METRO
The truck’s ruptured gas tank spilled up to 80 gallons of fuel, officials said.
George Rizer for The Boston Globe

A tractor-trailer jackknifed on Route 24 in Brockton this afternoon, spilling fuel and snarling traffic, State Police said.

No injuries were reported.

The crash occurred at 1:30 p.m. as the truck was traveling north near Exit 18. The fuel tank was punctured, allowing fuel to spill out.

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By late afternoon, all three lanes were closed, though the breakdown lane was open, said Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Ed Coletta.

Coletta said the ruptured saddle tank had spilled up to 80 gallons of fuel. The fuel drained into a series of catch basins.

While the release is reportedly within a couple hundred feet of a brook and a wetland, the spill is well over a mile away from any drinking water well or intake. Coletta emphasized in a statement that there was “no indication the release has entered a water body.”

The Clean Harbors cleanup company has been hired by the truck company. A cleanup crew and equipment were on their way, Coletta said.

State environmental officials remain at the site, he said.

Brockton firefighters and State Police are at the scene. Officials from the state Department of Transportation and state troopers are investigating the cause of the crash, Nolan said.