Conowingo Dam accident

Crews clean up Wednesday morning after a tractor hauling a flatbed spilled its load following an accident on the Harford County side of Conowingo Dam. Route 1 was closed on both sides of the dam. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF, Patuxent Homestead / May 3, 2012)

Route 1 over Conowingo Dam was closed in both directions for nearly 10 hours Wednesday following an early morning accident involving a tractor trailer that spilled its load after it struck a farm tractor hauling a corn planter.

The highway was closed from Route 222 in Cecil County to Route 161 in Harford County, according to a Maryland State Police duty officer. It was reopened around 2:30 p.m., according to another duty officer at the Bel Air Barrack.

The accident happened shortly before 5 a.m., according to Harford County Fire and EMS Association Spokesperson Rich Gardiner.

Lt. Charles Moore, commander of the Maryland State Police Bel Air Barrack, said Thursday that the tractor trailer, driven by Calvin Brent Fraizer, 58, of Buck Island Road in Charlottesville, Va., was headed north on Route 1 when it struck the rear of a John Deere tractor on the Harford County side of the dam.


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The John Deere tractor, driven by Harrison Lee Rigdon, 25, of Rigdon Road in Jarrettsville, was stopped at the dam, waiting for southbound traffic to get off, Moore said. The tractor had a corn planter attached to the back, which would have it difficult for oncoming cars to pass it on that section of the road, which narrows going onto the dam.

When Frazier's truck, a 1999 Freightliner with a flatbed trailer attached, hit the corn planter, which veered to the left and hit a barrier.

Rigdon was not injured; Fraizer was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Hospital in Baltimore with minor injuries, Moore added.

Cleanup of the load, which was fence posts in large bundles, took several hours.

A hazmat team was called in, as well, because of a 100-gallon diesel fuel spill, which Gardiner said was being pumped off the road.

The Maryland Department of the Environment was also notified of the spill, according to Gardiner.