UPDATE: Victim identified in fatal Rt. 24 crash

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FALL RIVER, Mass. (WLNE) — Massachusetts State Police released the name Monday of a tanker truck driver killed in a crash on Route 24 last week.

Officials said 67-year-old John Silva of Fairhaven was killed when the tanker truck of gasoline he was driving rolled over and collided with another vehicle just after 5 a.m. on Thursday.

The crash happened at Exit 8A and caused backups for miles. Northbound lanes were shutdown for almost 12 hours.

The driver of the Cape Cod Gas truck, a 67-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle involved, a 32-year-old man, is in stable condition at Rhode Island Hospital.

“They cut that person out of the car and they were surprised of the condition. He was in fairly decent condition,” said John Lynch, Fall River Fire Chief.

Both sides of the highway were shut down due to the tanker spilling 100 gallons of fuel.

Chief Lynch said they’re lucky it didn’t turn disastrous. He commended the crews, which included state hazmat and assisting fire departments, for doing what he said was a phenomenal job under the circumstances.

“While all this was going on, you  had product leaking from the gasoline truck. They applied foam almost initially. They also dammed the leak from getting to the drains, which could have caused some environmental problems also,” Lynch said about the truck, which was leaking about half a gallon of gas a minute.

Massachusetts State Police are investigating the crash.




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