Route 1 reopened just after midnight on October 28, 2011. The road was closed for over 24 hours after a diesel fuel tanker truck flipped and crashed into a guardrail on Route 1 approaching the Conowingo Dam from the Cecil County side.
Drivers and businesses owners have had to deal with the closure and significant detour. To say it was an inconvience is only touching the tip of the iceberg. The closure has been a headache, restaurant owners and other business owners have lost business since the crash.
If any diesel fuel made its way into the river it is not expected to affect the water facilities located nearby. The water facilities in Perryville, Havre de Grace and Port Deposit take their water from pipes 6 to 8 feet below the surface. Any diesel fuel that did mangage to make it to the Susquehanna, it would remain on the surface of the river.
On October 26, 2011, at around 11 pm, a tanker truck carrying diesel fuel crashed approaching the Conowingo Dam in the Cecil County. The explosion has closed the Conowingo Dam unitil further notice.
The truck driver was hospitalized after a fuel tanker crashed. There is no word on the driver’s condition. The driver has not been identified as of 6 am October 27, 2011. The driver has been identified as being from Delaware.
It is unknown at this hour if the diesel fuel made its way to the Susequehanna River. The Maryland Department of Environment has been been on the scene in coordination with the Maryland State Police and Cecil County Fire Services, in order to clean up the mess.
Cecil County Fire officials report that the tanker was filled with 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel board. Maryland State Police report that they can confirm that diesel fuel leaked down onto the Norfolk Southern Railway train track. This leak of diesel fuel has stopped the train traffic on this track.
The Maryland State Police report that crews working the crash scene would be moving the tanker truck from the bridge at approximately 5:30 am.
Officials state that they preliminarily believe the tanker truck driver, who is from Delaware, was traveling too fast and lost control of the big rig. The Medevac Helicopter was called to the scene and flew him from the crash scene to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore. The driver was taken to Bayview to be checked out for burns. It is believed that he will be okay.
As of 6 am on Thursday, October 27, 2011, that tanker crash has closed the Conowingo Dam and Route 1. The incicident’s aftermath is expected to tie up traffic most of Thursday morning.
Cecil County Emergency officals urge motorists who would have used Route 1 over the Conowingo Dam to take I-95 to Route 22 and then take Route 1. This is a significant detour for motorist so take the additional time needed while planning your route.
The investigation into this diesel tanker crash is under investigation. For more details on the impact of damage and video from the crash, go to ABC2News for more information.