Tanker Accident Shuts Down Mystic Valley Parkway In Arlington

ARLINGTON (CBS) — A gasoline tanker-truck overturned on the Mystic Valley Parkway, leaving fuel running down the roadway.

Friday afternoon, a tanker-truck owned by JP Noonan was on its side at the intersection of the Mystic Valley Parkway and Medford Street.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Bernice Corpuz reports

State Police say the driver of the tanker, a 65-year-old Framingham man was ejected. He was taken to Beth Israel Hospital with serious injuries.

According to Arlington Police Chief Fred Ryan, the tanker was coming on to Route 60 from Medford into Arlington when it failed to negotiate the rotary and flipped.

The fire department and haz-mat teams set up booms to contain the spill, which was running toward the Mystic River in the minutes after the crash.

Mystic River Watershed Association’s Ekongar Singh Khalsa tells WBZ, quite a bit of gasoline has gone into the river.

Listen to the interview with EkOngKar Singh Khalsa

A member of the association who was kayaking on the river at the time of the tanker crash saw gas in storm drains and said the amount flowing in was “significant.”

A tanker-truck can hold up to 10,000 gallons of fuel.

A nearby bank was evacuated and tests were done to surrounding homes to make sure air-quality was not compromised.

No charges have yet been filed against the driver.