MEDFORD, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Mystic Valley Parkway reopened Saturday after a tanker truck rolled over, causing a large oil spill that leaked into Mystic Lake Friday.
Mass. State Police say cleanup efforts were expected to continue Saturday and drivers should try to avoid the area as more road closures could occur.
SKYFOX was over the scene on the Medford-Arlington line at about 4:30 p.m. Friday. The truck owned by JP Noonan Transportation of West Bridgewater was resting on its side. Oil could be seen on the road as workers began placing sand down over it.
Investigators say the truck was carrying about 10,000 gallons of oil when it overturned. The majority of that oil spilled onto the road, requiring a massive Hazmat response.
"I was pulling out of Mystic Valley Parkway and I saw the truck fly by it was probably going about 50, really fast, and um, I don't know he just flipped over I looked over I'm like 'Oh my God he's gonna hit someone' and the truck just flipped over," said Shelby Stevens who witnessed the accident.
Mass. State Police say the driver of the truck, which was the only vehicle involved in the incident, was ejected in the rollover. The driver is a 65-year-old man from Framingham. He was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with serious injuries.
Arlington Officer Michael Hogan, who helped a woman out of a burning home earlier in the week, was the first officer to come to the driver's aid. Hogan had just gotten off duty.
The Department of Recreation and Conservation, the Department of Environmental Protection, and the Medford Fire Department were on scene to assist in cleanup efforts.
Officials hope to have the spill cleaned up over the weekend. The contaminated piece of road where the spill happened was torn up and repaved overnight.