A tractor trailer carrying close to 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel got into an accident with a garbage truck in Millersville on Monday, spilling approximately 750 gallons of diesel into a ravine.
County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Russ Davies reported that the tractor trailer was traveling south on Route 3 when the accident happened at 6:20 just north of Route 175.
The Maryland Department of the Environment was able to contain the diesel spill before it could reach a tributary of the Severn River, which was in close proximity. As a result of the accident, the diesel truck left the road and went approximately 50 feet down a ravine before falling on its side and beginning to leak fuel quickly…a reported rate of 20 to 30 gallons per minute. The remaining fuel was pumped from the trailer before the vehicle was removed from the ravine.
While lanes were closed for several hours and traffic delays caused some school buses to arrive late, neither person involved was killed. The tractor-trailer driver was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore and his injuries, while considered serious, were not life threatening. Meanwhile, an occupant in the garbage truck was treated for minor injuries at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie.
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