It might have been the rain, or maybe it was just one of those days, but 3 tanker trucks carrying hazardous materials overturned throughout Delmarva over the course of the day yesterday. The following is a chronological account of the day:
8:20 AM, North Smyrna, DE: Shortly before 8:30 AM, a van heading northbound blew out a tire. The car lost control, crossed the median and into the path of a tractor trailer hauling about 8,500 gallons of unleaded gasoline. The trailer tried to avoid a crashed, but jackknifed as a result, overturning and spilling an unknown amount of gasoline onto the road. The tanker operator sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to Christiana Hospital. DNREC responded to the scene with HAZMAT crews to clean up, which took over 12 hours before Route 1 was cleared to re-open.
11:09 AM, Frankford, DE: According to Delaware State Police, around 11 AM a propane truck driving southbound on Pepper Road near Lazy Lagoon Road lost control and overturned, eventually coming to a stop in the yard of a private residence. The tank sprang a leak, and while an employee was able to quickly patch and seal the leak, enough propane leaked out for DNREC to respond to the scene to assist with a HAZMAT cleanup of the soil. The driver was able to climb out of the wreckage, and sustained broken ribs, collar bone and other non-life threatening injuries. Pepper Road was closed for about 3 hours while the scene was investigated and cleared.
2:05 PM, Hebron, MD: A truck carrying waste oil overturned in Wicomico County yesterday. Around 2 PM the truck was travelling near the intersection of Crooked Oak Lane and Rockawalkin Road South of Hebron and West of Salisbury, when it ended up on its side. The Maryland Department of Environment responded to the scene, since the waste oil posed an environmental hazard. The road was closed for several hours while MDE was pumping off the oil and cleaning the scene.