Pasadena man killed in crash of pickup

Dump truck spills hot asphalt onto Route 100, delaying traffic in Anne Arundel County

May 31, 2006|By BRADLEY OLSON | BRADLEY OLSON,SUN REPORTER

A fatal accident and a dump truck that spilled asphalt on a roadway snarled traffic for hours yesterday in Anne Arundel County, delaying school buses and commuters throughout the morning while parts of Interstate 97 and Route 100 were closed, authorities said.

Travis Stephen Dyer, 26, was killed when his pickup veered off the westbound side of Route 100 near Lake Waterford Road, struck a guardrail and overturned.

Dyer, of Pasadena, was not wearing his seat belt, state police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the 6:50 a.m. accident.

State police said that Dyer's truck had been involved in an accident earlier yesterday at a gas station at Mountain Road and Catherine Avenue in Pasadena. It was unclear last night whether Dyer knew that he had been involved in the crash, police said.

In the asphalt spill, a dump truck carrying the paving material collided about 9:37 a.m. with a car while heading north on Interstate 97 between Route 32 and the Benfield Boulevard exit, said Lt. Alex Makris, spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.

The hot asphalt spilled onto the roadway and it took emergency personnel more than three hours to begin opening lanes.

"It was a mess, believe me," Makris said.

The dump truck driver was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center with minor injuries, Makris said. The driver of the car, a woman, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center as a precaution, he said.

The two drivers were not identified.

Robert Leib, chief of staff of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, said the traffic nightmare made it difficult for some schools to operate on time.

"It ties us up in knots, as you can imagine," Leib said. "Being a peninsular county, there's only one way in and one way out. If one of those ways is clogged up because of anything, we're thrown into contortions."

Leib said that in severe traffic jams, transportation specialists can reroute some buses.

"Principals made adjustments to the daily schedule and made the day as instructionally sound as they possibly could," he said.

bradley.olson@baltsun.com

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