Truck fire slows I-95 traffic at Fort McHenry Tunnel

No injuries reported; fire extinguished quickly

January 07, 2013|By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

A truck caught fire at the Fort McHenry Tunnel toll plaza on northbound Interstate 95 near Keith Avenue on Monday evening, causing traffic delays as emergency personnel worked to control the blaze, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority Police.

The Ford F-150 came through the tunnel and its driver paid the toll about 5:15 p.m. before realizing the vehicle was on fire and pulling over to the right-hand shoulder, just north of the toll booths, said Sgt. Jonathan Green, a police spokesman.

The driver exited the vehicle, which quickly became "fully engulfed in flames," Green said.

"The fire did spread just over the retaining wall into a grassy area and started a small brush fire," Green said.

Baltimore firefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the fire relatively quickly, Green said.

Two MdTA police officers were briefly examined at the scene, after a loud popping sound had occurred in the fire while they were close to it, but were determined to be unharmed and were not taken for treatment, Green said.

There were no other reported injuries, he said.

Green said the toll plaza is as wide as seven or eight lanes where the vehicle was stopped, and most of the emergency response to it occurred to the side of the road, allowing other drivers past. Still, traffic backed up to some degree because of rubbernecking.

As of 6 p.m., the burned vehicle had been cleared and fire department vehicles had cleared the scene, Green said. A delay of a few minutes was expected for drivers passing north through the tunnel, he said.

"It's not turned into a parking lot," he said. "It's just, in essence, congested."

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