Coughing fit leads to crash
Fuel truck takes out three RVs, two cars and a tree but injures no one
A coughing fit led to a multi-vehicle accident that snarled traffic on Sandys main thoroughfare for almost three hours Friday.
The crash occurred about 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Proctor Boulevard and Beers Avenue.
Sandy police and fire said a commercial truck and trailer owned by Space Age Fuel was headed west on Proctor Boulevard when it collided with two parked cars parked in front of the Veterans of Foreign Wars building.
The truck then hit a tree and veered across the street into three recreational vehicles in Freds RV World.
The collision ruptured the fuel tank of one parked car and one diesel tank on the Space Age truck.
The 44-year-old truck driver told police that he began coughing so hard that he temporarily blacked out, leading to the crash.
He was not hurt but taken to a hospital for evaluation and testing.
No one else was involved or injured in the crash.
Proctor Boulevard was closed for several hours as crews worked to contain and clean up leaking fuel. It reopened at 10 a.m.