4 hurt, chemical spilled in I-95 crash in Harford

October 05, 2008|By Liz F. Kay

Four people were injured early yesterday morning when a tractor-trailer hit another vehicle, overturned and spilled acetone on southbound Interstate 95 in Harford County, prompting road closures during the cleanup and investigation, according to Maryland State Police.

Shortly after 2 a.m., the driver of a pickup truck slowed nearly to a stop near the scene of an earlier crash on southbound I-95 south of Route 22, according to a news release.

A southbound tractor-trailer rear-ended the pickup and overturned onto the guardrail in the center median, according to the release.

Investigators observed leaking fluid and, based on the placards on the trailer, identified it as acetone, a flammable chemical. Firefighters contained the spill, and Maryland Department of the Environment personnel determined that about 5 gallons had leaked.

A passenger in the pickup, 35-year-old Deanna Moyorga of Edgewood, was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with critical injuries. The driver, Juan Moyorga, 36, also of Edgewood, and another passenger, Andreas Juarez, 62, of Hyattsville, were taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with serious injuries.

The tractor-trailer driver, Carroll Quarles, 56, of Baltimore was taken to Harford Memorial Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

I-95 was closed in both directions until about 10:45 a.m. for the cleanup and investigation, according to police.

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