Cumberland Times-News

April 17, 2013

Truck fire closes I-68 in Garrett - 04/18


Cumberland Times-News

— FRIENDSVILLE — Eastbound Interstate 68 about six miles from the West Virginia border was closed at about dawn Wednesday by a truck fire and resulting hazardous material spill.

Maryland State Police said the incident occurred at about 6:45 a.m. and traffic was being detoured through a rest area as first-responders handled the emergency.

State police at McHenry said the incident involved a truck hauling a corrosive liquid. No injuries were reported. The tractor-trailer was operated by Estes Trucking and caught fire in the area of the trailer brakes, according to the Garrett County Department of Public Safety. A container spilled an organic corrosive liquid onto the roadway.

Hazmat personnel and various first-responders remained on the scene for about 10 hours.

Two lanes of eastbound I-68 were re-opened at about 3:10 p.m., with one lane and the right shoulder still closed at that time. Police said chemicals were being off-loaded and the trailer would be removed before the normal traffic pattern would be restored.

A Pittsburgh company has been contracted to clean the spill site.