Driver hurt when tanker overturns Liquid fertilizer drained from truck NORTHWEST -- Taneytown * Union Bridge * New Windsor * Uniontown

June 29, 1993|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer

A Frederick County truck driver was listed in fair and stable condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Unit in Baltimore last night after his tanker truck overturned at the intersection of Route 31 and Sam's Creek Road.

Elmer Gene Wolford, 37, failed to negotiate a left turn onto Sam's Creek Road about 10 a.m. yesterday as he was taking 3,000 gallons of to 50 acres farmed by Marlin Hoff of New Windsor.

Mr. Wolford, of North Carroll Street in Thurmont, is a seasonal employee of Willard Agri-Service in Frederick, a company official said.

Mr. Wolford was transferred to Shock Trauma from Carroll County General Hospital around noon.

"He was either driving too fast or the load shifted," said Tfc. Keith Sheer. "In any case, he was driving too fast for the load."

Volunteers from the New Windsor, Union Bridge, Gamber and Reese fire departments responded to the accident, which blocked Route 31 until about 2:30 p.m. yesterday.

Hazardous materials workers at Fort Detrick, called in as a precaution, spread absorbent material to clean diesel fuel that leaked from the truck. Later, workers cut a hole in the tanker and drained the fertilizer before they pulled the tanker upright with a crane.

"There are no hazardous materials here, as far as our regulations go," said Maryland State Police transportation supervisor Malcolm R. "Mac" Rote, who inspected the truck at the accident scene.

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