Footage from the scene of a crash at the intersection of Md. 27 and Kate Wagner Road in Westminster Thursday afternoon that left a tanker truck overturned and leaking kerosene. (Dylan Slagle and Max Simpson / Carroll County Times)
The intersection of Kate Wagner Road and Md. 27 in Westminster was closed for much of Thursday after a tanker truck carrying about 7,500 gallons of kerosene overturned in a crash.
At 12:44 p.m., an off-duty member of the Westminster fire company came across the crash, which involved a Toyota Prius and the tanker truck lying upside down across Md. 27 just north of the intersection, according to Westminster fire company spokesman Josh Evans. Units from Westminster, Pleasant Valley, Union Bridge, Reese, New Windsor, Gamber and Winfield fire companies were called to the scene, along with the Carroll County Hazardous Materials Team.
"They discovered it was actually leaking the kerosene, and the hazmat team began to plug the holes and contain the spill on land," Evans said. "It took about an hour to plug the leaks and get everything contained."
While both lanes of Md. 27 were closed to traffic at the intersection, Kate Wagner Road had initially been open to traffic after the incident, but Evans said both roads were closed as of 1:30 p.m. to make room for emergency workers and another tanker truck.
"We have to off-load all the fuel into another tanker truck, so there is no time frame for how long Md. 27 will be closed," Evans said Thursday afternoon. "Then whatever liquids are on the roadway, we have to clean them up."
Md. 27 was closed at Bond Street to southbound traffic and at Warfieldsburg Road for northbound traffic.
A spokesman for Maryland State Police, which is investigating the incident, said at about 9 p.m. Thursday that the scene would likely be cleared by midnight.
The tanker truck being used for the clean-up was expected to arrive at about 5 p.m., according to Maryland Department of the Environment spokesman Jay Apperson, and MDE personnel also responded to the scene.
"Our goal on roadway spills is to remove liquid within four to eight hours," Apperson said Thursday afternoon. "There can be additional cleanup, such as any soils that are affected. That can take longer, sometimes days."
Although the exact amount of spillage will not be known until the kerosene remaining in the overturned truck can be pumped out and measured, MDE estimates as much as 5,000 gallons of the fuel might have leaked before the holes were plugged.
"Diking and damming is being done to contain the liquid," Apperson said. "We have no indication that the fuel has reached any waterway or storm drain."
Shortly before 12:44 p.m., the tanker truck was traveling north on Md. 27 behind a Toyota Prius when the driver of the Prius braked to avoid going through a yellow light at the intersection, according to state police. The driver of the tanker truck was unable to stop in time due to the wet road, struck the Prius from behind and lost control of the truck, which then turned, flipped and came to rest just north of the intersection, according to state police.
Neither driver was seriously injured, according to state police, but the driver of the truck was transported by ground to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center and the driver of the Prius was taken to Carroll Hospital, each for the treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
Anyone with information that could aid in the investigation of the accident are asked to call state police at 410-386-3000.