Tractor-trailer jackknifes on Route 24 in Brockton

No injuries were reported after the tractor-trailer jackknifed while traveling northbound on Route 24 near Exit 18.

George Rizer for The Boston Globe

No injuries were reported after the tractor-trailer jackknifed while traveling northbound on Route 24 near Exit 18.

A tractor-trailer jackknifed on Route 24 in Brockton Monday, spilling fuel and snarling traffic, State Police said.

No injuries were reported.


The crash occurred at 1:30 p.m. as the truck was traveling north near Exit 18. The fuel tank was punctured, allowing fuel to spill out.

By late afternoon, all three lanes were closed, though the breakdown lane was open, said Ed Coletta, a Department of Environmental Protection spokesman .

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Coletta said the ruptured saddle tank spilled up to 80 gallons of fuel. The fuel drained into a series of catch basins.

Although the release was reportedly within a couple of hundred feet of a brook and a wetland, the spill was well more than a mile away from any drinking water well or intake. Coletta emphasized in a statement that there was “no indication the release has entered a water body.”

Brockton firefighters and State Police, along with environmental officials, were at the scene. Officials from the state Department of Transportation and State Police were investigating the cause of the crash, Trooper Todd Nolan said.

Catalina Gaitan can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @catalina_gaitan.
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