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Waltham Trucking Accident

A tractor-trailer owned by Timberland Trucking crashed through a guardrail on the off-ramp of Route 128 at Route 20 in Waltham. The damaged truck was overhanging Stony Brook, which is located less than 50 feet from the intake of the Stony Brook Reservoir. The truck was empty but the saddle tanks still contained about 50 gallons of diesel, none of which was released. An active rail line was located less than 25 feet from the scene. EPA deployed to the site in response to a radio news report of a threat of an oil release to the Stony Brook. Personnel from the Cambridge Water Dept., the Watershed Protection Office, Waltham and Weston Police and Fire Departments, the state Department of Transportation, and the Mass Bay Commuter Rail were on scene. Timberland Trucking hired a contractor to set up a boom and remove the diesel from the saddle tanks. By mid-afternoon, the truck had been removed from the embankment and all ramps and lanes of Route 128 and Route 20 were reopened.

Location: Exit 26 off Route 128, Waltham, Mass.
EPA Mobilization Date*: 03/12/2014
EPA Demobilization Date*: 03/12/2014
Contact: Claudia Deane (deane.claudia@epa.gov)

*The information contained on this website is merely informational; any dates found on the website cannot be relied upon to create any rights, substantive or procedural, enforceable by any party in litigation with the United States. EPA reserves the right to change such dates at any time without public notice.

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