Dash cam captures Bourne tanker crash

Bourne tractor trailer crash

BOURNE, Mass. (WPRI) — A truck driver says a bird was to blame for a crash in Bourne over the weekend that was caught on another driver’s dash cam.

Bourne police on Tuesday released footage of the crash, which took place just before noon Saturday on MacArthur Boulevard. 

In the video, the tanker carrying nearly 12,000 gallons of fuel can be seen leaving the roadway and taking out a utility pole, causing sparks to fly. The truck then swerves back across two lanes of traffic before coming to a stop on the left side of the roadway.

According to police, the 63-year-old driver said a bird flew inside the cab and struck his head, causing him to swerve.

Bourne firefighters responded to the scene to extinguish the fire. MassDOT was also called in to help with fuel and debris cleanup while utility companies repaired the damaged poles and fire hydrant.

No injuries were reported.

The truck driver was cited for reckless operation of a motor vehicle and failure to stay within marked lanes.

Eyewitness News contacted Volta Oil for comment. A spokesperson said the company is cooperating with the investigation.

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