East Greenwich roadway reopens after tanker crash

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EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (WPRI) — Crews have cleared the scene of a crash in East Greenwich involving a tanker truck and a pickup truck.

The crash took place just after 2:30 p.m Thursday on Frenchtown Road in the area of Route 4. The westbound side of the roadway was closed down for more than two hours but all lanes have since reopened, according to Rhode Island State Police.

The state Department of Environmental Management responded to the scene because the 10,000-gallon tanker was leaking diesel fuel along with the water it was carrying.

The driver of the pickup truck was taken to the hospital as a precaution, according to East Greenwich Fire Chief Russell McGillivray, while the driver of the tanker was not hurt.

“Tractor trailer was coming through the intersection behind me, a car stopped in front of him for a yellow light,” McGillivray explained. “He was going too fast and came right through the intersection.”