Tanker Truck Filled with Gasoline Crashes on Maryland Highway

By Peter DePaolis

A 3-vehicle crash involving a tanker truck filled with gasoline closed a portion of Route 3 in Maryland earlier this month. Officials with the Maryland State Police might file charges in connection with the accident. Fortunately, the gas tanker did not rupture in the auto accident. The tanker had about 9,000 gallons of gasoline in it at the time, said a spokesperson for the Prince Georges County Fire and EMS Department.

According to bowie.patch.com, the driver of a box truck struck the back of a vehicle in the merge lane. After the initial impact, the box truck drove into the gas tanker’s path. The gas tanker struck the box truck from behind, according to the police report. The gas tanker fell on its side in the shoulder of Route 3.

Only about 100 gallons of the tanker’s gasoline spilled onto the highway after the collision. Emergency workers transported the tanker driver to a local hospital where doctors treated and released him. The drivers of the other two vehicles refused medical treatment.

Maryland State Police said the accident could have been a lot worse had more gas leaked onto the highway. Police will continue their investigation and we will let you know of any charges against the drivers.

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Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.