I-95 reopens nearly 15 hours after tanker truck overturns

CITY / COUNTY DIGEST

January 16, 2007

Maryland officials fully reopened Interstate 95 at 3 p.m. yesterday - nearly 15 hours after a tanker truck carrying hazardous materials left the highway and overturned at the Maryland House rest area in Harford County.

Sgt. Brian S. Gill of the Maryland State Police barracks in Perryville, said there were no injuries, but the highway was closed as a precaution once it was determined the tanker was leaking.

Northbound cars on I-95 were detoured through the Maryland House rest area while officials cleaned up the spill, he said. Traffic was light, and the incident caused no major traffic backups, he said.

The middle and left lanes of the highway were reopened at 9:14 a.m., Gill said. The remaining lane reopened at 3 p.m., officials said.

The tanker, owned by a company based in Louisville, Ky., was carrying a corrosive alkaline material, Gill said. He said the highway was shut down because authorities were concerned that the fumes might be flammable, Gill said.

Harford County hazardous material crews and authorities with the Maryland Department of the Environment responded, Gill said.

The size and effects of the spill are being investigated by the state Department of the Environment, he said.

Gill said the driver of the truck was cited for traffic violations but did not have information available about the traffic charges.

Greg Garland

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