SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – A mid size truck flipped over this afternoon on Route 140 in Shrewsbury, south of Gold Street near the UPS facility. The accident took out a light pole, and bringing down power lines, which the great crew at SELCO is in the process putting back up. Power had to be cut along the line while work was being done, but is expected to be back up shortly.
Route 140 traffic was being detoured onto Route 20, and Old Grafton Street, so all residents are advised to avoid this area for the next few hours. Fortunately nobody was injured in the accident. As usual, the amazing folks at Shrewsbury PD and FD were on scene, seemingly within a minute of the initial call, and took the initiative to just shut down all traffic to the scene, which was definitely the safe way to go.
Today at 12:30pm, Shrewsbury Police, Fire, and EMS responded to a rollover accident on Rt. 140, north of Rt. 20 where a 6 wheel box truck struck a utility pole, snapping it into three pieces, and rolled over on it side.
Dale S Urbank, 45, of 4A Fletcher Street, Plainville, was operating a 2011 Ford pickup, towing a 2004 utility trailer loaded with granite in the industrial complex at 167 Memorial Drive. As he approached the exit of the complex, the trailer he was towing became detached from the truck, and rolled out of control out onto Rt. 140. The trailer crossed over the northbound lane, and into the path of a 2001 Chevrolet box truck headed south, being operated by Dionicio A Nunez, 44, of 22 Jennings Street, #2 Worcester, Ma.
Mr. Nunez swerved to avoid the trailer, and stuck a utility pole, causing it to snap it into three pieces. The vehicle continued to spin, and roll onto its side, spilling its contents onto the road and adjacent shoulder. Neither Mr. Nunez or his passenger reported any injury.
The cables attached to the utility pole, which feed the industrial complex and two large cell towers, came down across both lanes of Rt. 140 forcing police to close the road to all traffic. Several officers were needed to re-route traffic from busy Rt. 140 onto Routes 9, 20, and other adjacent side streets.
The Shrewsbury Board of Health was summoned to the scene by police to inspect the spilled contents from the truck, which consisted mostly of grocery dry goods. Shrewsbury Board of Health agent Robert Moore declared the load spoiled, and ordered it to be discarded.
A dumpster was dispatched to the scene and was loaded with the items by crews from Lovey’s towing & recovery of Shrewsbury, Ma.
Crews from Shrewsbury Electric Light & Cable and Verizon were both on scene soon after the incident to remove and replace the snapped pole and wires.
The box truck and the trailer were removed and impounded by police pending further investigation.
Rt. 140 remained closed for close to four hours while police and work crews investigated and cleared the scene.
The accident is under investigation by Officer Richard Fiske, of the Shrewsbury Police Traffic Unit.