Tanker crashes into toll plaza at Bay Bridge, snarling traffic

CITY/COUNTY DIGEST

April 01, 2006

A tanker carrying propane crashed into the Bay Bridge toll plaza late yesterday afternoon, causing backups for several miles and injuring the driver.

The tanker was eastbound on U.S. 50 about 4:30 p.m. when it struck a pickup truck and another vehicle before rolling into an E-ZPass lane of the toll plaza.

Cpl. Pamela Thorne, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, said five vehicles were involved. The driver of the tanker was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. His identity and condition were not released.

The collision appeared to have lifted a toll booth off its foundation, Thorne said. The booth attendant was taken to an area hospital and released yesterday evening, she said.

Late yesterday evening, crews were burning off the approximately 700 gallons of propane from the tanker before towing it away. Three of the 11 lanes of the toll plaza remained open, Thorne said.

Tyrone Richardson

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