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Oil truck overturns in Saugus

PHOTO BY PAULA MULLER
A tow truck works to right an overturned oil truck on Dewey Street in Saugus.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS A truck delivering heating oil to a home on Sampson Road overturned Tuesday afternoon, trapping the driver inside and spilling more than 100 gallons of fuel.

The truck rolled onto the driver’s side near the intersection of Sampson Road and Dewey Street around 1:30 p.m. Neighbor Kathy Belschner had just picked up her 1-year-old granddaughter after a nap when she heard the crash. Her husband Robert Belschner and daughter Katelyn Nahabedian quickly ran to the truck’s side to see if the driver was injured.

“(The driver) wanted us to jack the truck up because his legs were pinned,” said Nahabedian. “He kept saying ‘My legs are pinned, my legs are pinned.’”

“My dad called 911 and they said not to move him. He was able to put pressure on his legs once he was out and he walked to the stretcher,” she said.

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Saugus police declined to identify the 46-year-old driver, who was rescued by Saugus firefighters.

Kathy Belschner said she watched as crews removed the truck’s windshield to free the man. He was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries, said Lt. Ronald Giorgetti of the Saugus Police Department.

“I was glad we were home,” Kathy Belschner said. “It’s a quiet street.”

The truck belongs to August Brothers Oil, an East Boston oil company. Crews spent two hours turning it upright. The Saugus Department of Public Works remediated spilled oil.

Once the truck was turned, the Department of Environmental Protection cleaned up the remaining mess. Giorgetti said the cause of the accident is under investigation.


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte