Hazardous materials truck fire shuts down I-495 northbound

Lawrence Kim
October 31, 2017

ANDOVER- A tractor trailer truck fire on I-495 in MA has closed the northbound lanes of the highway.

State HAZMAT and the Andover Fire Department arrived on the scene shortly after 11:30 a.m. and remains on the scene as of 5:45 p.m.

The nature of the chemicals was not immediately released.

But the fire was enough to force the shutdown of the northbound side of 495.

Massachusetts State Police used Twitter to alert drivers on I-495 near Andover that the truck was fully engulfed in flames after an apparent interaction of chemicals in its cargo.

State police said the fire was put out as of 5:30 p.m. and crews are waiting for two barrels with hazardous materials to cool down so they can be removed. Authorities began monitoring the air quality in the surrounding area, police said. And the Massachusetts Department of Transportation warned drivers to expect changes to their commutes.

There is no estimated time for the reopening of the northbound side.

All traffic on I-495 northbound is now being diverted to I-93 northbound at exit 40B, according to MassDOT. Drivers may then exit I-93 northbound at Exit 48 to rejoin I-495 northbound via Route 213. "Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes and avoid this area in order to reduce congestion". The material did not spill out of the tractor trailer.

It was the second tractor-trailer fire on 495 today.

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