Fuel truck overturns in Arundel, spills propane

November 18, 2006|By Nia-Malika Henderson

A tanker truck overturned in southern Anne Arundel County yesterday, spilling 2,500 gallons of liquid propane and forcing the evacuation of neighboring homes, county police and fire officials said.

The driver of the United Propane truck was eastbound on Owensville Road in the West River community at 8:30 a.m. when a deer jumped into the road. The driver swerved and lost control of the vehicle, which overturned near Tenthouse Court, said Officer Sara Schriver, a county Police Department spokeswoman.

The driver, whose identity wasn't available, was not injured.

The flammable liquid spilled out, releasing a small vapor cloud. The Fire Department evacuated eight homes in the area and opened the Galesville firehouse as a shelter.

About 80 percent of the propane remained in the tanker, officials said.

The Maryland Department of the Environment and fire officials expected to finish burning off the leaked propane and reopen Owensville Road last night, said Lt. Russ Davies, a county Fire Department spokesman.

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