truck accident

A tractor-trailer rolled over on Interstate 495 in Plainville around noon Thursday.

PLAINVILLE — A tractor-trailer hauling asphalt rolled onto its side about noon Thursday on the Interstate 495 South median, sending the driver through the windshield and causing a miles-long traffic jam.

The single-vehicle accident was reported about 12:15 p.m. near the Route 1 exit.

The 25-year-old driver suffered what appeared to be nonlife-threatening injuries, Fire Capt. Robert Skinner said.

“The driver was ejected approximately 20 feet out of the windshield,” Skinner said.

The victim was taken to Rhode Island Hospital’s trauma center in Providence by town ambulance.

The truck’s fuel tanks and a hydraulic tank had to be drained, Skinner said.

Traffic reports stated that the backup from the crash was still 3 to 4 miles long in the middle of the afternoon.

Wrentham firefighters also responded to the scene.

Stephen Peterson can be reached at 508-236-0377.

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