NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. (WHDH) – A tanker truck driver said he dropped his coffee before crashing down an embankment in Northbridge and crushing a car Monday morning, police said.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver was distracted by a spilled coffee when he crashed the tanker and plowed into two parked cars, Northbridge police Lt. Timothy Labrie said at the scene.
The massive tanker came to a halt against a retaining wall near the side of the house. Labrie says if it wasn’t for the wall, the tanker would have crashed into the home.
About two hours after the initial impact, several homes were evacuated after hundreds of gallons of gas began pouring out of the tanker.
The spill was eventually contained and crews were able to empty the remainder of the 10,000-gallon tank.
Crews spent hours working to restore power to the neighborhood.
No injuries were reported.
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