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One person hurt in paving vehicle accident on U.S. 40 west of Hagerstown

Accident results in spill of blacktop seal along edge of roadway

August 30, 2011|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Leaking blacktop seal can be seen along the curbside following an accident Tuesday morning involving a paving vehicle on U.S. 40 west of Hagerstown.
By Caleb Calhoun/Mobile Journalist

A paving vehicle was involved in an accident on U.S. 40 west of Hagerstown Tuesday morning, resulting in a spill of blacktop sealant for about 100 feet along the edge of the roadway.

Maugansville Fire Co. firefighters shoveled up much of the tarry substance, normally used to fill cracks in driveways or on roads, and put it in buckets following the accident that occurred just before 8 a.m.

The rest of the blacktop sealant was spread over the street and would be allowed to dry, according to Capt. Dave Baer of the Maugansville fire company.

A State Highway Administration truck came to spread sand on top of the sealant.

The westbound lane in front of Resley Tire in the 16000 block of National Pike was closed temporarily, but reopened at just after 9 a.m. The shoulder was to remain closed while the sealant dried.

The accident occurred when a dump truck struck a pickup truck that was turning off U.S. 40 into Resley Tire Co., causing the sealant to spill, according to Maryland state Trooper 1st Class J.A. Bowers.

The dump truck from Craig Paving was towed away, and the towing company was to take the material that was shoveled into the buckets, Bowers said.

The unidentified driver of the pickup truck was taken to Meritus Medical Center, Bowers said.

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