A tanker truck flipped over yesterday after colliding with a Toyota Prius. Both drivers were injured, though the injuries were minor.
The wreck occurred in the afternoon when the tanker truck was traveling north on Highway 27 behind the Prius. The Prius braked at a yellow traffic light. Due to wet conditions, the truck driver was not able to brake in time and lost control of his truck. According to police, he turned the truck and then flipped, eventually coming to a stop on the opposite side of the intersection.
The truck driver was transported by EMS to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, and the driver of the Prius was transported to Carroll Hospital. The wreck closed both lanes of the highway for the rest of the day.
Cleanup of the wreckage proved extensive. Since the truck was carrying fuel, hazmat crews had to plug holes to stop any leaks. The Maryland Department of Environment estimated that about 5,000 gallons of fuel had leaked before any holes were plugged, which took about an hour. Officials weren’t able to estimate the time it may take to clean up the fuel.