Fuel truck leaks 1,000 gallons of gasoline on Dorchester Avenue after hitting pole
Traffic is back to normal this morning after a fuel truck that crashed into a light pole leaked about 1,000 gallons of gasoline on Dorchester Avenue Thursday night, officials said.
No one was injured in the crash, which occurred at about 11:15 p.m. Thursday near 1246 Dorchester Ave. The leak was contained.
“It appears the truck cut the corner too close and the wheels went up over the light pole and the light pole ruptured the tank,” said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald.
Due to the fumes from the crash, officials evacuated about 44 residents, he said. They were allowed to return to their homes between 5 and 5:30 a.m. today, he said. The road was then opened to traffic.
“We certainly didn’t want the residents in close proximity to that,” MacDonald said.
Roughly 11,000 gallons of fuel were in the truck, but emergency crews were able to quickly respond to the scene to contain it and clean up before the morning commute.
“We were fortunate it happened so late at night so the traffic was very light,” he said.Alli Knothe can be reached at email@example.com.