Massachusetts State Police closed I-91 South in Springfield Friday due to a tractor-trailer rollover crash and fuel spill.
The 291 off-ramp re-opened around 5:30 p.m. Friday, after hours of traffic backup during Friday’s rush hour.
Springfield Fire Department spokesman Dennis Leger told 22News the accident happened on I-291 West near the merger with I-91 South. He said firefighters spread absorbent on approximately 10-20 gallons of leaked fuel before it got into the storm drains.
The rollover accident also caused the truck’s load of scrap metal to spill onto I-91 South, causing the highway closure.
One Springfield resident told 22News I-91 has always been dangerous, but accidents are happening because the highway is more crowded and people don’t pay attention to the road.
“I think its always been dangerous,” said Pat Moynrajn of Springfield. “It’s just, more congested and more people. There’s more traffic. Anywhere you’re going to get more traffic and no where to go, things are going to happen.”
According to Massachusetts State Police, the driver of the tractor-trailer suffered minor injuries.
The rollover accident also caused the truck’s load of scrap metal to spill onto the highway-which caused it to close.