The 6500 gallon tanker crashed around noon Friday. Police say a two-inch gash in the tank began leaking gasoline across the highway. Route 395 needed to be closed in both directions between exits 87 and 89. Traffic was rerouted off the highway through Plainfield, snarling traffic for hours across eastern Connecticut. The road was finally reopened at 5am Saturday morning.
Friday's cool, damp weather is being credited with preventing a potential explosion. Plainfield's Deputy Fire Chief Paul Wellen said that had the weather been hot and dry, the gasoline tanker could have exploded. The driver of the tanker only suffered minor injuries.