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.
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.
Tanker hauling methane has rolled over, Rt 2, Orange. Driver has potentially fatal injuries. Cargo is leaking. Rt 2 shut down in both directions at the crash site. Some evacuations are expected in the surrounding area because of the methane leak. Tier 2 Hazmat response underway— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) October 12, 2019
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