Speed cited in truck overturn

June 02, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Excessive speed may have caused a tanker truck to overturn on the Baltimore Beltway near Essex and spill hundreds of gallons of flammable liquid and cause traffic to be detoured for 16 hours, a state trooper said yesterday.

Driving too fast for the weight of the vehicle may have been a factor in the accident, said Trooper Brian Reider of the Golden Ring Barracks, who is investigating it.

The chemicals -- components that are used in paint -- caused no permanent damage to the bridge just past the Southeast Boulevard (Route 702) exit of the Beltway's inner loop, State Highway Administration officials reported. Ten people, including two complaining of burning eyes, were taken to hospitals for observation.

The two-lane bridge was reopened to traffic shortly before 11 a.m. yesterday. Amtrak service in the Northeast corridor was interrupted for more than four hours immediately after the 7 p.m. spill Tuesday as the chemicals rained down alongside the railroad tracks below the Beltway.

About 3,000 Amtrak passengers were affected by the closing. Traffic along the outer loop was detoured until 11:20 p.m. Tuesday.

SHA officials said they intend to monitor that section of the Beltway to make sure that residual oil doesn't make the road slippery during the next rain. They said the accident was relatively well-situated -- Interstate 695 traffic is about twice as heavy west of the Southeast Boulevard (Route 702) split.

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