Excessive speed cited in truck crash

August 02, 1991|By Roger Twigg

Excessive speed was cited by state police yesterday as the primary cause of Wednesday's gasoline tanker truck accident on the Baltimore Beltway in Glen Burnie that killed the driver.

"We're still interviewing witnesses, but from what we are hearing so far I suspect we are going to be looking at driver error," said Tfc. J. Michael Grant of the Glen Burnie barracks.

Although police believed that a defective tire might also have contributed to the accident, Trooper Grant said there was "so little left of the truck" that "normal methods" of determining equipment failures were not possible. "We don't want to discount that possibility," he said of the blown-tire suggestion.

The driver, Tyrone Matthew Hudson, 44, of the 6600 block of Dogwood Road in Woodlawn, was driving the gasoline tanker north on Route 10 and was approaching a curve leading to the inner loop of the Beltway when the vehicle jack-knifed, state police said. The truck slid sideways before flipping over and bursting into flames.

The driver was partially ejected from the cab and was most likely killed when crushed by the tanker. An autopsy was not complete.

Fire officials said they allowed the fire to burn itself out to lessen environmental damage.

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