One person is being transported to a medical facility with life-threatening injuries and hazmat operations are underway after a collision between a tractor-trailer and another vehicle on I-83 South in northern Baltimore County, fire officials said Tuesday morning.
Crews were dispatched at 8:30 a.m. to the area of I-83 South near exit 36, for Old York Road, and reported that a car was “stuck” under a tractor trailer and the tractor trailer was on fire, according to a tweet from the Baltimore County Fire Department. One person was reported to be trapped in the car.
An image from the scene, shared by the Baltimore County Fire Department, showed the vehicle and the tractor trailer crashed in a wooded area off the highway. Officials said the patient was transported to a “trauma facility” but did not specify where; crews from York County in Pennsylvania assisted.
No other injuries were reported.
At 8:45 a.m., emergency responders had removed the patient from the car and were working on extinguishing the fire, which was reported out at 8:53 a.m. Fire officials said hazmat operations are “in progress” to control a fuel spill from the tractor trailer and a landing zone for a helicopter to transport the patient had been established at a nearby weigh station.
As of 9:59 a.m., some travel lanes and the right off-ramp were reported closed by the Maryland Department of Transportation Coordinated Highways Action Response Team.
Drivers and others were asked to avoid the area.