Downtown was the cite of a crash and major diesel spill late last night. A tractor trailer ran off the road and into a tree. Fortunately, there were no injuries.
Emergency crews were managing the scene and mopping the 50-75 gallon spill until about 3:00 am. The road is now open, but more cleanup is scheduled.
A reader notified me that nearby residents were evacuated around 11:00 pm as a result of the spill.
The Southborough Fire Department updated on Facebook:
At approximately 10:40 p.m. on 12/10/14, a call was received for a motor vehicle crash in front of 5 Main St. E-23 and A-28 responded and arrived on scene to find a tractor trailer truck that hit a tree in front of the Southborough House of Pizza. There were two large fuel tanks on each side of the truck and one was leaking a large amount of diesel fuel onto the ground. The driver of the truck was uninjured. Fire crews were able to contain the fuel spillbut approximately 50-75 gallons of fuel spilled from the tank. The Mass. [Department of Environmental Protection] was notified and responded and a clean-up crew was sent to mitigate and clean up the spilled fuel. The fire crews remained on scene until the vehicle was remove at approximately 3:00 a.m.
Southborough Police reported on Facebook that the driver was arrested for alleged drunk and reckless driving. The post shared:
The operator was placed under arrest by Southborough Police at the scene of the accident. He is being charged with OUI Alcohol and Reckless Operation of a Motor Vehicle. Main street is currently open, but the DEP plans on returning this morning (Thursday) in order to do a more thorough cleaning of the area.
The post included that National Grid was contacted to cut the power during cleanup. And Mass State Police are involved in investigating the incident. (read more)
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Updated (12/11/14 2:40 pm): I just realized that the original text for what I previously cited as Community Advocate posting was actually the SPD Facebook post.