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.



Baltimore Sun reporter Kevin Rector contributed to this report.

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