Massachusetts State Police Media Release – 06202018 – State Police investigating Route 91 fatal Tanker Crash in Whately
This afternoon at about 12:07 p.m., State Police responded to a tractor trailer roll over on Route 91 Northbound at the 33.4 mile marker in Whately which claimed the life of the driver.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Amy Maclean indicates that a 2018 Freightliner tractor pulling a tanker trailer with gasoline was traveling on Route 91 Northbound when, for reasons still under investigation, the operator lost control of the vehicle, causing it to travel off the right side of the road and rollover. The area the crash occurred was down to one lane of travel for construction and had been for several miles when the crash occurred.
The operator and sole occupant of the Freightliner was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The resulting crash and Hazmat spill closed Route 91 northbound and southbound. The tanker required the fuel to be off loaded prior to any removal operation.
The cause of this crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section, the MSP Airwing, Troop B CAT team, and Troopers assigned to the Hampshire County District Attorney’s Office.
State police were assisted by Whately Fire and EMS, Regional Hazmat, Westover Fire, MEMA, D.E.P., Mass DOT and the ME’s office
The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending family notification.
There is no further information available at this time. Please do not contact the barracks for media inquiries.