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Truck crashes on I-70, spilling fuel

August 28, 2009

FREDERICK, Md. -- Traffic on westbound Interstate 70 was disrupted for about three hours Friday morning after a tractor-trailer crashed, spilling fuel over the highway, Maryland State Police said.

At about 5:26 a.m., a 2007 Volvo tractor-trailer lost traction on the wet roadway near mile marker 47 and slid off the road, striking and damaging about 500 feet of guardrail, police said.

The vehicle's fuel tank ruptured, spilling fuel over both lanes of I-70.

The driver, Joseph Eugene Frost, 42, of Columbus, Miss., refused refused medical attention at the scene, police said.

The Maryland State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division responded to the scene to assist with the investigation and the State Highway Administration provided assistance with traffic control, police said.

The Fort Detrick Fire Department hazmat unit also responded to assist with the fuel spill cleanup.

By 8:50 a.m., all westbound lanes were again open, the Maryland Department of Transportation reported on its Web site.

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