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Tractor-trailer rollover snarls traffic in Revere

A tractor-trailer rolled over in Revere this morning, spilling debris on the roadway and causing major traffic disruptions in the area, officials said.

The rollover occurred around 11:40 a.m. at the Brown Circle rotary, where Route 60 and Route 107 intersect, said Revere Fire Chief Gene Doherty.

Doherty said the driver, whose identity was not released, was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. The man was driving a Hm Morales Trucking vehicle, a Chelsea based trucking company.

As the truck rolled over, it spilled pounds of sand, and more than 20 gallons of diesel fuel onto the roadway, Doherty said.

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Doherty said the majority of the rotary was closed following the incident. Crews are currently working to clear the scene, and he said he expects the roadway to reopen soon.

The driver was transporting the mass of sand as a part of a “Winthrop Beach resanding effort,” in which dozens of trucks have been hauling loads of sand from Saugus to Winthrop Beach every day. This truck was being escorted by police as part of the protocol for this effort.

Revere police are currently investigating what exactly caused the truck to tip over.

“It seems the driver may have exceeded the manageable speed for this turn,” Doherty said.

A Revere man said he was stopped about five cars behind the truck near the Broadway Street intersection when it toppled over.

The driver, who preferred to remain anonymous, said the trailer looked about 45 feet long, and had an open top, which was filled to the brim with a sand-like material and covered with a tarp.

When the trailer fell over and spilled its contents onto the road, he described the scene as “a mess.”

“They have the whole area blocked off,” he said. “It looked pretty bad.”

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Trisha Thadani can be reached at trisha.thadani@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @TrishaThadani.