CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – We’ve seen several tractor-trailer rollover crashes in western Massachusetts this year.
Tractor-trailer drivers are trained to drive cautiously on highways but they said a lot of the times it’s the cars around them causing the accidents. There have been multiple tractor-trailer rollovers on Western Massachusetts highways this month.
The most recent accident took place Monday morning at the I-91 North on-ramp next Exit 16. It took crews hours to remove the tractor-trailer that was hauling propane and reopen the on-ramp. 22News spoke with tractor-trailer drivers today in Chicopee on why these accidents are so common.
Connecticut tractor-trailer driver, Lance Smith, told 22News, “You got to take care of yourself and minus your speed. That’s the main reason rollovers are happening all those days.”
Georgia tractor-trailer driver Carlos Moore also told 22News, “Normally when we have to swerve for one way or another, its to dodge a car, that has cut in front of us or has pulled in front of us and stops. It happens countless times a day.”
MassDOT told 22News in event of a rollover, the tractor-trailer owner’s insurance company is responsible to pay the costs of restoring the road to its condition before the accident.
They will also send a bill to the owner of the tractor-trailer for all MassDOT personnel, equipment, and materials needed to clean-up the road.