Tractor-Trailer Crash Causes Fuel Spill on Maryland Highway

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On the morning of June 2, a tractor-trailer crash resulted in a fuel spill and the closure of the Colesville Road outer loop of Interstate 495 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

According to state police, a state trooper and another car were pulled over onto the shoulder of the interstate when they were both sideswiped by the tractor-trailer around 2 a.m. The tractor-trailer jack-knifed across several lanes, rupturing one of its saddle fuel tanks and spilling the tank’s contents onto the interstate. Both the driver of the stopped car and state trooper suffered minor injuries. All lanes of Interstate 495 were closed for approximately five hours while state police cleaned the spill, inspected the roadway and checked the tractor-trailer for malfunctions. The truck driver has been identified as a 57-year-old male from Virginia but officials have not released information on whether or not he will be charged for the accident.

When it comes to issues of liability, truck accidents involving chemical spills can be particularly complex. In addition to suffering injuries from the collision, victims may also be harmed by the chemical. Many parties can be at fault for resulting injuries, including:

  • The truck driver
  • The truck manufacturer
  • Those responsible for loading the hazardous materials into the truck

If you have been injured in an accident involving a large truck, you may be able to seek compensatory damages from one or more parties. Contact the Baltimore truck accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton, P.A. right away to discuss the details of your case.