Collision spills fuel onto U.S. 1 MARYLAND/REGION

January 09, 1993|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,Staff Writer

A truck spilled about 35 gallons of diesel fuel on U.S. 1 yesterday after the truck's fuel tank was damaged in a collision with a car, emergency response officials said.

The collision occurred about 1:30 p.m. at U.S. 1 (Baltimore Washington Boulevard) and Cemetery Lane, said officials.

No one was seriously injured, but two occupants of the car, TC 1990 Oldsmobile Cutlass, were taken by ambulance to Howard County General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said. Their names weren't immediately available.

The truck driver, who works for Baltimore Mack Truck Inc. in Linthicum Heights, was cited for failing to stop at a stop sign, police said.

Emergency response crews from the Maryland Department of the Environment and the county Fire Department applied sand and other absorbents to clean up the spilled fuel, officials said.

Officials worried that some of the fuel might have seeped into a nearby stream.

Police said the accident occurred when the driver of the truck tried to turn northbound on Route 1 from Cemetery Lane, and was struck by the Oldsmobile in the right end of his truck.

Because of the accident and slippery conditions, officials closed southbound Route 1 and Route 175 for a while so emergency workers could clean up the already rain-slicked road.

Traffic was directed instead onto Meadowridge Road and Interstate 95.

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