Oakland Mills truck mishap causes diesel fuel, fluid leaks but no injuries

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

Two Baltimore men escaped injury yesterday morning when the dump truck they were in spun out of control in Oakland Mills, causing leaks of hydraulic fluid and diesel fuel, county fire officials said.

Richard Eidinger, 50, of the 2400 block of Fleet St., and Dave Scott, 32, of the 1800 block of Ashburton St., were treated and released at Howard County General Hospital, a hospital spokesman said.

Their dump truck, which was towing an air compressor, spun out of control about 9:30 a.m. on state Route 175 near Thunder Hill Road, said Battalion Chief Donald R. Howell, a county Fire Department spokesman.

The air compressor became dislodged and rolled across Route 175 without striking anything, but spilling about 25 gallons of diesel fuel.

The dump truck came to a stop near a concrete island, spilling about 10 gallons of hydraulic fluid, Howell said.

Both liquids were contained by sand and absorbents applied by the Howard County Fire and Rescue Services and the State Highway Administration, Mr. Howell said.

In an unrelated fuel spill about 7 a.m. yesterday, a tractor-trailer heading south on Interstate-95, just north of Route 175, ran over a piece of metal, state police said.

The metal, which apparently came off a car in front of the tractor-trailer, ruptured the truck's saddle tank.

About 75 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled about a mile on the roadway.

"We plugged the leak in the saddle tank," Mr. Howell said.

He added that SHA workers covered the fuel with sand.

There were no reported injuries or damage to the environment caused by the spills.

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