A truck driver was transported for minor injuries yesterday after an accident that shut down 495 North and tied up traffic in the surrounding area into rush hour.
“If you are going to fast in a tractor trailer truck the rear end tends to fly right out,” said Marlborough Deputy Fire Chief Fred Flynn of the 290 East exit onto 495 North that occurred at 1:45 p.m. “He’s not the first one who has done it and he probably won’t be the last.”
Numerous signs warn drivers of the sharp curve coming up ahead going into the exit, but there are at least one or two every year as trucks go through the curves too fast. There was an accident on the curved exit less than a year ago, said Flynn.
The truck driver was transported to Umass Memorial in Worcester with minor injuries, he said.
“Sometimes you can’t find things that come up later,” said Flynn of problems such as possible internal injuries.
Although the driver was not injured, traffic ground to a halt on 495 North where the truck blocked all three lanes of traffic. Only a minor amount of engine oil was on the ground, no diesel fuel spilled and the frozen food in the trailer was contained, but the stopping of traffic sent ripples of traffic flowing through surrounding roads as motorists attempted to get around the congestion. The backups lasted into rush hour, even after the roadway began to be opened up after 4 p.m.
The Marlborough Fire Department responded with a fire engine, rescue and support vehicles. Marlborough Police were also on scene.
State troopers at the scene are from the State Police Barracks in Leominster, the Barracks in Holden and the Troop C Community Action Team (C.A.T.) along with Troopers from the MPS Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Section and the Marlboro EMS.
State Police could not be reached to comment on the cause of the crash or whether an investigation was going to occur.