Police identify driver in fatal I-95 tractor trailer accident

Highway reopened early Friday morning following fiery crash

August 17, 2012|By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun

Gregory Bryan Watkins of Fort Washington died late Thursday after the tractor trailer he was driving struck a barrier on Interstate 95 near Interstate 395 and burst into flames, shutting down the highway for more than seven hours, police said.

The northbound lanes of I-95 reopened at 6:40 a.m., said Sgt. Jonathan Green of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

Watkins, 34, was driving northbound on I-95 around 11 p.m. when he lost control and the truck struck a barrier on the right side of the road near the exit for I-395 north, Green said. The impact turned the truck on the driver's side and it slid across the roadway, Green said.

The truck was forced upright when it hit a second barrier on the left side of the highway and caught fire, officials said. A preliminary investigation showed that at least one of the truck's two "saddle tanks" ruptured and spilled diesel fuel on the highway.

The fire was extinguished by 11:45 p.m.

Building materials that the flatbed truck was carrying were strewn across the highway, Green said.

No other injuries were reported.

Watkins had no passengers. No other vehicles were involved.

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Baltimore Sun reporter Kevin Rector contributed to this report.

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