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Beer truck overturns on I-270, closing highway for hours

July 26, 2012

FREDERICK, Md. — Northbound Interstate 270 southeast of Frederick was closed for more than six hours Thursday morning after a tractor-trailer carrying beer overturned and spilled its cargo onto the highway, Maryland State Police said.

The accident on I-270 near Exit 22, the Md. 109 (Old Hundred Road) interchange about eight miles southeast of Frederick, was reported at about 4:10 a.m., according to a state police news release.

The three northbound traffic lanes of I-270 had reopened by 10:45 a.m., according to the Maryland Department of Transportation’s traffic alert website.

Police said they received a call from a driver of a vehicle that had lost a large piece of debris on the roadway. Moments later, a tractor-trailer struck the debris, causing it to roll over and collide with the guard rail and traffic barriers.

The truck came to rest on its side, blocking two lanes of traffic, and its cargo was scattered across the highway, the release said. Its fuel tank also ruptured, police said.

Firefighters, the state police, the State Highway Administration and a Maryland Hazmat team, were working to clear the scene, police said. A heavy-duty wrecker also responded.

There were no significant injuries to the driver of the tractor-trailer, its sole occupant, according to the release.

The driver of the vehicle that lost the debris on the highway was cited for failing to secure his cargo, police said.

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