Driver Hurt In Oil Tanker Crash; Environmental Cleanup Underway

By: Alan Pollock

Topics: Police, Fire And Harbormaster News

It’s not yet known what caused the crash of an oil truck on Route 137 Friday evening. ALAN POLLOCK PHOTO

BREWSTER — The driver of an oil delivery truck suffered serious injuries when his truck flipped over on Route 137 Friday evening, spilling an estimated 2,400 gallons of fuel.

Brewster Police are investigating the cause of the crash, which involved a Cape Cod Oil truck containing home heating oil. When rescuers arrived, it was lying on its side with an active oil leak. Working with Harwich firefighters, Brewster crews “did an excellent job in removing the driver, in a 30-minute, difficult extrication,” Fire Chief Robert Moran said. The driver, who has not been identified, was taken by ambulance to Cape Cod Hospital and later transferred to a Boston hospital for treatment of multiple traumatic injuries. His condition is unknown.

A regional hazardous materials team responded to the scene, as did state and federal environmental officials. Moran praised the quick work of firefighters for slowing the spread of oil into a storm drain, along with a crew from the Brewster DPW who brought truckloads of sand to build a dike around the tanker and storm drain. “They were there immediately after we called them,” the chief said.

The environmental cleanup is now under the direction of a contractor. Traffic disruptions are likely around the area this week while crews remove the concrete storm drain and contaminated soil from the wooded area by the roadside where overflow was directed. The town has also asked the contractor to rip up the southbound lane of Route 137 “because we do not know how far the product got underneath that,” Moran said.

The construction work will continue through Thursday, and then will be suspended through the holiday weekend before resuming next Tuesday.