Tanker Rolls And Explodes, Shutting Down Massachusetts Route 24 In Fall River

UPDATE: Route 24 southbound has been reopened.

A tanker driver was injured at 7:15 a.m. this morning after being involved in a rollover accident on Massachusetts, Route 24 near Fall River, Exit 5.

The tanker was heading northbound, transporting over 11,000 gallons of gasoline when it overturned near the Route 6 off-ramp and burst into flames.

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There is currently a 1,000 foot perimeter around the accident scene, which is being evacuated due to billowing smoke. It is not yet known wether or not any other vehicles were involved in the accident.

According to local authorities, the driver was taken to the Rhode Island Hospital for treatment. Her name has not yet been released, and the nature and severity of her injuries are currently unknown. The truck is owned by J.P. Noonan.

The accident has caused major traffic delays in the area, and motorists are being asked to seek alternate routes.

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