GRAFTON, Mass. ‒ A minivan took down the Republic Plumbing Supply sign in Grafton Tuesday morning before rolling over and causing backups on Worcester Street as National Grid crews worked to repair the damage to wires.
The driver and only occupant of the vehicle was a woman who was taken by ambulance to UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester with non-life threatening injuries, Fire Chief Mickey Gauthier said. The crash took place just after 6 a.m.
"The minivan landed on its side and we had to extricate her," Gauthier said.
The fallen sign in front of the 91 Worcester St. business took down some wires, and two transformers sprung leaks, dumping about four gallons of mineral oil onto the street and embankment, Gauthier said. National Grid was still working at midday to repair the damage, and Clean Harbors was called in to clean up the spillage and contaminated soil from the transformer leak.
For Gauthier, the accident meant an early arrival to both of his jobs ‒ the chief works at Republic Plumbing.
"I am definitely the first person at work today," he said.