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Workers remove methane from tanker after fatal crash

October 12, 2019
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This photo provided by Massachusetts State Police shows authorities investigate a tanker truck that overturned Friday, in a crash in Orange, Mass., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. 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 authorities investigate a tanker truck that overturned Friday, in a crash in Orange, Mass., Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. 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) — Workers have removed methane from a tanker truck that overturned in a crash that killed the driver on a northern Massachusetts highway.

Authorities say Route 2 in Orange reopened Saturday afternoon after having been closed overnight. The tanker crashed through a guardrail and rolled down an embankment Friday night.

State police say they will not identify the driver until after relatives are notified. The cause of the wreck is under investigation.

The area near the crash site was evacuated, but officials later determined the scene to be safe. Hazardous materials experts monitored the cleanup effort.

Officials say the Exit 14 ramp on the westbound side of the highway will remain closed through the day and into Sunday for repairs and cleanup.