Bedford Police and Fire Departments Respond to Rollover Crash Involving Tanker Truck

February 8, 2022
A tanker truck carrying approximately 2,000 gallons of home heating oil struck a utility pole and rolled over in the area of 170 Hartwell Road in Bedford on Tuesday about 9:15 a.m. (Photo Courtesy Bedford Police Department)

Police Chief Robert Bongiorno and Fire Chief David Grunes report that the Bedford Police and Fire Departments responded to a single-vehicle crash involving a tanker truck carrying home heating oil that rolled over on Hartwell Road Tuesday morning.

Bedford Police were called to the area of 170 Hartwell Road about 9:15 a.m., for a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a tanker truck.

Upon arriving at the scene, Bedford Police discovered a tanker truck owned by Bursaw Heating & Oil of Acton that had struck a utility pole and rolled onto its side while carrying approximately 2,000 gallons of home heating oil.

Live wires that fell into the road as a result of the utility pole being knocked over were addressed by having power cut to the immediate area.

The Bedford Fire Department and District 6 HAZMAT Team, as well as officials from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection responded to the scene to address a leak of a small amount of the heating oil the truck was transporting.

Bedford Fire and EMS evaluated the truck’s driver, who declined transport to a hospital.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Bedford Police Department and the Massachusetts State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Section.

“A quick response from Bedford Fire Department crews enabled us to contain the fuel oil spill to just 50 to 100 gallons out of approximately 2,000 gallons being transported in the truck,” said Chief Grunes. “I am thankful we were able to limit any environmental damage from this incident.”

The Boston Green Company is at the scene to assist with cleanup efforts. Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area of Hartwell Road on Tuesday because police expect the road to remain closed throughout the night.

Residents can monitor the Bedford Police Department Twitter page for updates on when the road will reopen.

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