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Police identify driver who died in gas truck crash

October 13, 2019
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This photo provided by Massachusetts State Police shows a tanker truck that overturned in a crash Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 in Orange, Mass. Workers are trying to remove methane from the tanker truck in a crash that killed the driver on the northern Massachusetts highway. (Massachusetts State Police via AP)
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This photo provided by Massachusetts State Police shows a tanker truck that overturned in a crash Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 in Orange, Mass. Workers are trying to remove methane from the tanker truck in a crash that killed the driver on the northern Massachusetts highway. (Massachusetts State Police via AP)

ORANGE, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts officials have identified the victim of a fatal gas truck crash as a 62-year-old New Hampshire woman.

State police said Sunday that Lois Ann Johnson, of Woodstock, New Hampshire, was the truck driver who died in Friday night’s wreck on Route 2 in Orange, Massachusetts.

Authorities also announced there were no immediate signs of driver impairment.

Troopers say Johnson was driving a tractor-trailer that crashed through a guardrail and rolled over. The truck was carrying cylinders of pressurized natural gas and bore stickers saying it was transporting methane, a main component of natural gas.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Route 2 was closed overnight through Saturday afternoon during the cleanup and investigation. Parts of the area were evacuated briefly until it was determined to be safe.