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Masslive: The Cambridge Street area of Worcester was evacuated Thursday afternoon after a truck carrying acid crashed under a bridge. The truck struck the Providence & Worcester Railroad bridge on Cambridge Street just after 1 p.m., according to Worcester Deputy Fire Chief Martin Dyer. After striking the bridge, the top of the truck was crushed, impacting a drum carrying cumene hydroperoxide, Dyer said. The drum was a 55-gallon container, he said. That acid can be an irritant. Businesses and homes within a 300-foot perimeter of the crash were evacuated. The state hazmat team has been called to the scene. That bridge on Cambridge Street is notorious for trucks getting stuck under it. A warning sign hangs ahead of the bridge to warn drivers that the bridge is low and trucks could strike it. Worcester police said that detours would be in place in the area for a few hours.
Truck leaking acid after it struck bridge in Worcester in Cambridge St. Homes and businesses within 300 ft evacuated. pic.twitter.com/Qk94yoDhqz
— Scott Croteau (@ScottCroteauML) March 29, 2018
The Goddamn overpass is a truck graveyard. Every couple of months there’s some ding-dong truck driver who is too stupid to read the signs, and too brainwashed to blindly follow his GPS, and they always end up smashing into this thing.
Didn’t we learn anything from Michael Scott’s adventures with GPS?
But this is a billion times worse. You’re carrying friggin acid!! Not fish and chips or frozen chicken wigs. Acid. If you’re a truck driver and you’re not cognizant of the extremely dangerous and toxic shit that you’re delivering, then you shouldn’t be a truck driver. There are signs that he clearly did not read, because idiots these days blindly follow do what their iMachine tells them to do instead of thinking critically.
The next time this happens, and it will happen again, the truck driver’s company should have to pay for all the taxpayer resources that went into the cleanup. The truck driver should be arrested too, because that part of town is a big enough clusterfuck as it is. Seriously, drive down Cambridge Street during rush hour sometime. Wicked fun. Start making an example of these assholes.