One man died and another was hospitalized Thursday morning following a rollover crash that shut down Route 24 in Fall River, Massachusetts.
The 67-year-old driver of a tractor-trailer carrying gasoline died at the scene after the vehicle rolled over and struck a car at about 5:10 a.m., according to state police. The crash caused the big rig to leak fuel onto the highway, which was shut down in both directions at Exit 8.
A 32-year-old man driving another vehicle was also injured in the crash and was extricated, Fall River Fire Department Chief John Lynch said at a press conference. The victim was taken to Rhode Island Hospital, where he is in stable condition.
Monday, officials identified the victim as John Silva of Fairhaven.
1 Dead, 1 Injured in Gas Tanker Rollover in Fall River
Authorities deemed the gasoline spill a level 3 hazmat incident situation and are trying to contain the leak with foam and sand. Approximately 100 gallons spewed onto the highway, according to Lynch. Fire officials said crews are preparing for a "long cleanup process."
Commuters were detoured off Airport Road and told to expect delays for several more hours.
The southbound lanes of Route 24 reopened around 1:30 p.m.. The left northbound lane reopened around 4 p.m.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
A secondary crash was reported near the deadly wreck after a driver allegedly ignored a roadblock. The unidentified driver traveled on Route 24 north and launched into the woods before they crashed near Exit 9.
It is unclear if that driver suffered any injuries.