Police identify driver who died in methane truck rollover in Orange

Police identify driver who died in methane truck rollover in Orange

ORANGE, Mass. — Police say Lois Ann Johnson, 62, was the driver killed in Friday's tanker truck rollover crash in Orange.

Johnson, from Woodstock, New Hampshire, was driving the truck pulling a 53-foot trailer containing numerous cylinders of pressurized natural gas. The truck had a hazmat placard showing it was carrying methane, a component of natural gas.

A preliminary state police reconstruction reveals that the truck titled along the curved exit camp, crashed through a guardrail, went over a grass embankment and rolled over, stopping along the woods.

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The cause of the crash remains under investigation but there's no evidence that Johnson was impaired.

The ramp on Route 2 is still closed as the tractor and trailer need to be recovered and the guardrail repaired.

Route 2 was closed for hours on Saturday both east and westbound from exits 13 to 15.

The police tweeted of the accident shortly before 11 p.m. Friday and just after 3 a.m. that the driver had died.

Hazmat teams were on scene monitoring the area.