Four people sustained injuries in Harford County, Maryland, after a tractor-trailer hit a pickup truck, turned over, and spilled a flammable chemical onto Interstate 95 (southbound). The crash occurred past the Aberdeen exit close to the Maryland House Travel Center.
Maryland State Police say the trucking accident occurred soon after 2am soon after Juan Moyorga, a pickup truck driver slowed down his vehicle in the wake of the crash scene from an earlier collision. He was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, which then turned over onto the center median’s guardrail.
Investigators say that fluid began leaking from the semi-truck onto the ground. They have identified the flammable chemical as acetone.
A part of the highway was shut down for eight hours, while firefighters managed to contain the acetone leak. The Maryland Department of the Environment says about five gallons had leaked out.
Edgewood resident Deanna Moyorga, a passenger in the pickup, was transported by air to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with critical injuries. Juan Moyorga and another passenger, Andreas Juarez, suffered serious injures and were also taken to the center.
Baltimore tractor-trailer driver Carroll Quarles suffered non fatal injuries and was transported to Harford Memorial Hospital.
Trucking accidents resulting in chemical spills can be a potential hazard not just to the motor vehicle crash victims but to other people in the area—depending on the type of chemical that is leaked and the injuries that can result.
4 hurt, chemical spilled in I-95 crash in Harford, BaltimoreSun.com, October 5, 2008
Interstate 95 Reopens After Hazmat Spill, WBALTV.com, October 4, 2008
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