Tanker truck accident forces evacuations

No injuries, but section of Old York Road closed for most of morning

January 13, 2004|By Ben Pillow | Ben Pillow,SunSpot Staff

A tanker truck carrying up to 9,000 gallons of propane overturned, hit a utility pole and knocked down some live power lines early this morning, forcing the temporary closure of a section of Old York Road near Parkton in Baltimore County, authorities said.

About 20 people from five homes within a half-mile radius of the accident scene were evacuated as a precaution, county fire officials said. There were no reports of injuries.

Capt. Jim Korn of the Baltimore County Fire Department said the 18-wheel tanker sustained "no significant structural damage" in the accident, which occurred around 3 a.m., east of Interstate 83 and just south of the Pennsylvania state line. Old York Road was closed between Lentz and Bond roads.

By 9 a.m., fire and hazardous materials crews -- including Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. workers -- had uprighted the tanker and were preparing to transfer the propane to another truck, Korn said. The product was not leaking, he added.

Korn had no immediate details on possible causes of the accident. The road was reopened by 10:30 a.m.

Originally published January 13, 2004, 10:30 AM EST

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