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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tanker Truck Crash on Rt. 1A Injures Driver

On October 13, 2010 at about 3:30 p.m., a tanker truck carrying liquid asphalt rolled over as it failed to make the turn at the bottom of the Rt. 495 north off ramp to Rt. 1A south. Wrentham Police and Fire responded along with Mass State Police.

In spite of heavy traffic, no other vehicles were struck as the truck careened across four lanes, sheared a utility pole in half and came to rest upside down off the shoulder of the road. The driver of the JP Noonan truck was rescued by passing motorists who stopped to assist, kicking in the windshield and pulling him to safety.

The accident is under investigation by Officer Stephen Saulnier of the Wrentham Police and Trooper Chan of the Mass State Police Truck Team. Fuel and other spills associated with this crash were addressed by the Mass Department of Environment Protection and Clean Harbors. Plainville Fire Department and Police Department assisted as well.  

The driver of truck, identified as Richard Panepinto, was transported to Rhode Island Trauma Center with multiple injuries.  He is expected to survive.