Tanker truck oil leak called 'not significant'

May 03, 1992

A small amount of gasoline and fuel oil leaked from a tanker truck that overturned Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident along St. Clair Bridge Road near Pylesville.

The amount of gasoline and oil that spilled from the tanker was "not significant," said James Terrell, chief of the county's Emergency Operations Department. He did not know the specific amount of material that spilled.

The Southern States Inc. tanker was carrying 966 gallons of unleaded gasoline and 1,194 gallons of fuel oil at the time of the 4:50 p.m. accident, Terrell said.

A county hazardous-materials team, firefighters from Jarrettsville Fire Co. and officials from the state Department of the Environment were called to the scene, Terrell said. Crews were at the scene for about seven hours.

The driver of the truck, Rodney Keen of Aberdeen, was not injured, Terrell said.

In another incident involving hazardous materials, an elderly Level woman received hospital treatment after breathing fumes from a noxious pesticide that spilled in her home at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Terrell said.

The woman, Rosie Chapman, 81, was treated and released from Harford Memorial Hospital, Terrell said.

An unmarked glass jar containing isotox, an organic phosphate pesticide, broke, releasing fumes in Chapman's home in the 3800 block of Rocks Run Road, Terrell said.

Volunteers from Level Fire Co. and the county's hazardous-materials team cleaned up the small spill and ventilated the home to clear the fumes, Terrell said. Crews were at the house for four hours.

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