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Fertilizer truck overturns on Hampstead Bypass

Responders from the Carroll County Hazardous Materials team and the Maryland Department of the Environment work to remove the fuel from a truck that overturned in the middle traffic circle of the Hampstead Bypass Friday, May 7, 2021. According to Troy Hipsley, a spokesman for the Hampstead fire company, the crash was reported at 11:52 a.m. Units from Hampstead, Manchester and the Carroll County Hazmat team responded to the crash as well as the Maryland Department of the Environment to clean up fuel spilling from a ruptured saddle tank.
Responders from the Carroll County Hazardous Materials team and the Maryland Department of the Environment work to remove the fuel from a truck that overturned in the middle traffic circle of the Hampstead Bypass Friday, May 7, 2021. According to Troy Hipsley, a spokesman for the Hampstead fire company, the crash was reported at 11:52 a.m. Units from Hampstead, Manchester and the Carroll County Hazmat team responded to the crash as well as the Maryland Department of the Environment to clean up fuel spilling from a ruptured saddle tank. (Dylan Slagle)

Police and emergency responders were at the scene of a Hampstead crash where an overturned truck carrying fertilizer laid on its side.

The truck overturned in the middle traffic circle of Hampstead Bypass on Friday afternoon, according to Troy Hipsley, a spokesperson for the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Company.

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Lt. Stacey Gaegler of Hampstead Police Department said two contracted lawn mowers who were working on the lawn during the incident received minor injuries and were taken to the hospital.

Emergency responders work at the scene of a crash that left a truck carrying fertilizer overturned in the middle traffic circle of the Hampstead Bypass Friday, May 7, 2021. According to Troy Hipsley, a spokesman for the Hampstead fire company, the crash was reported at 11:52 a.m. Units from Hampstead, Manchester and the Carroll County Hazmat team responded to the crash as well as the Maryland Department of the Environment to clean up fuel spilling from a ruptured saddle tank.
Emergency responders work at the scene of a crash that left a truck carrying fertilizer overturned in the middle traffic circle of the Hampstead Bypass Friday, May 7, 2021. According to Troy Hipsley, a spokesman for the Hampstead fire company, the crash was reported at 11:52 a.m. Units from Hampstead, Manchester and the Carroll County Hazmat team responded to the crash as well as the Maryland Department of the Environment to clean up fuel spilling from a ruptured saddle tank. (Dylan Slagle)

Gaegler said later witnesses reported the truck was traveling at a safe speed and “somehow the load shifted on him.”

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Hampstead, Manchester and Carroll County hazardous materials teams responded as well as the Maryland Department of the Environment to clean up fuel spilling from a ruptured saddle tank.

Gaegler said the hazmat teams were necessary because the spill happened above a drainage that leads to a pond.

A section of the bypass was shut down for several hours as officials cleaned up but was open as of 4:15 p.m. on Friday, Gaegler said.

Carroll County Times photographer Dylan Slagle contributed to this report.

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