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Milk truck crashes on interstates, catches fire

December 06, 2004

A tractor-trailer hauling 6,000 gallons of milk overturned Sunday morning on Interstate 70, causing the westbound lanes to be closed for several hours, Maryland State Police said.

Police said the tractor-trailer, traveling on westbound I-70 east of U.S. 40, struck a guardrail and skidded along a bridge guardrail for about 150 yards at about 8:15 a.m.

Police said the vehicle's fuel tank was ruptured and that leaking diesel fuel ignited during the impact. The fire, which engulfed part of the tractor, burned out of control until firefighters arrived, according to police.

Police said the driver, Norman E. Kuntz, 22, of Hummelstown, Pa., told investigators that a tire on the vehicle blew out, causing him to lose control of the tractor-trailer. He was treated for injuries at Washington County Hospital and later released, police said.

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Westbound traffic was detoured around the crash for about seven hours while 6,000 gallons of milk were pumped from the damaged trailer to another one driven to the scene, police said.

Police declined to release additional information on the crash late Sunday and said the investigation was ongoing.

Police ask anyone who witnessed the accident to call 301-739-2101.

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