Fire engulfs truck on I-95 North, kills driver

Accident ruptures diesel tanks; all lanes closed

August 17, 2012|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

A tractor trailer driver was killed after his or her truck crashed into a barrier along Interstate 95 North, at the exit for Interstate 395 North in Baltimore, and burst into flames, according to Baltimore fire officials.

Just before 11 p.m., a tractor trailer carrying lumber north on Interstate 95 appeared to have struck a barrier wall separating the highway and the northbound exit lanes for Interstate 395, said Chief Kevin Cartwright, a fire spokesman.

The collision caused two "saddle tanks" carrying diesel fuel on the underside of the truck to rupture, and the fuel to burst into flames, which engulfed the truck's cabin, Cartwright said.

The driver of the truck, whom emergency responders could not identify, was killed, Cartwright said.

The truck's load of lumber as well as diesel fuel covered the roadway, Cartwright said. All northbound lanes of I-95 were closed.

The fire had been extinguished as of 11:45 p.m., but the highway was not likely to reopen for several more hours, Cartwright said.

Cartwright said he did not know where the truck was headed.

There were no other injuries, Cartwright said.

No other information was immediately available.

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