I-91 truck crash shuts highway early Thursday
NORTHAMPTON — An early morning rollover accident and fire that disrupted traffic on Interstate 91 for 12 hours Thursday and sent the driver to the hospital is under investigation, according to state police.
According to state police, a tractor-trailer crashed into another vehicle between exits 17 and 18 in the northbound lane around 1:30 a.m., caught on fire and then started leaking fuel onto the road.
The driver, 38-year-old William Wenner of Pennsylvania was taken to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield for treatment, according to state police. He was listed in good condition Thursday night, a hospital spokesman said.
The accident forced the shutdown of both lanes until about 3:30 a.m. when one lane was reopened.
At around 9:30 a.m., State Trooper Sgt. Adam Hakkarainen said crews were still removing the truck from the roadway.
Later in the day Thursday, state police said the trailer was moved to the median between lanes and will remain there until about midnight Friday when it is scheduled to be removed.
All lanes were reopened by noon Thursday, state police said.
WWLP reported that the Holyoke Fire Department put out the fire, and the Department of Environmental Protection was called to clean up the estimated 200 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled onto the highway.
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