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Chemical spill closes part of I-70 near Hagerstown

April 28, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

Interstate 70 was closed in both directions near Interstate 81 south of Hagerstown for more than an hour Sunday afternoon after a tractor-trailer leaked a hazardous chemical onto the highway, Maryland State Police said.

The substance, which included a mixture of paint thinner and acid, ate through the floor of the trailer and began leaking onto the road, police said. It was reported at about 3:30 p.m., police said.

Traffic backed up in both directions as eastbound traffic was diverted onto I-81 and westbound traffic was sent onto Md. 632 (Downsville Pike), then detoured onto Md. 68 (Lappans Road) and I-81. The eastbound lanes were reopened by 5:20 p.m., and the westbound lanes were reopened by 6 p.m., police said.

At 10:30 p.m., only the ramp from Downsville Pike to westbound I-70 remained closed as crews finished cleaning up the spill, police said.

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The Washington County Fire Department and Hazardous Materials team, the Maryland Department of the Environment and the state fire marshal responded, police said.

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