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Fuel truck crash near Mount Airy leaves one dead

A diesel fuel truck crash on interstate 70 near Mount Airy on Tuesday killed one person, according to Maryland State Police.

At about 3 p.m. troopers from the Maryland State Police Frederick Barrack responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash on westbound I-70 near Exit 68 in Mount Airy. According to a preliminary investigation, a vehicle was hauling diesel fuel when for unknown reasons traveled off the left side of the roadway and into the median, overturning before catching fire, according to an MSP news release.

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Police identified the driver of the truck as William J. Costigan, 57, of Damascus. Costigan was declared deceased at the scene, according to the release. All lanes of I-70 were closed for hours due to the truck fire. There were no other injuries reported. The lanes of I-70 were reopened to traffic around 9 p.m. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, the State Highway Administration, and Maryland Department of Transportation assisted with the lane closures and detours for drivers.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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