The driver of a tractor truck died Tuesday morning after he lost control of his vehicle on U.S. Route 1 and it plummeted over the side of the Conowingo Dam, police said.
Luis Garcia, 53, of Ridgewood, New York, was pronounced dead at the scene, Maryland State Police spokesman Ron Snyder said. He was the only occupant of the vehicle.
The preliminary investigation indicates the truck, which was hauling a dump trailer filled with trash, was traveling south on Route 1 when the male driver failed to negotiate a right bend in the roadway near Route 222 in Cecil County, according to police.
The driver lost control, traveled into the northbound lane and struck the jersey wall. The vehicle then overturned and fell about 80 feet to the bottom of the dry side of the dam, Snyder said.
Maryland State Police’s Crash Team and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division troopers responded to the scene and are investigating the crash, Snyder said.
Any witnesses to this crash are asked to contact the Maryland State Police North East Barrack at 410-996-7800, reference case No. 19MSP050362.
Route 1 was closed in both directions for about 5 hours immediately following the crash, which occurred around 1:30 a.m., Snyder said.
Officials from the State Highway Administration and Exelon, the dam’s owners, responded to assess damage to the dam, Snyder said.
The road, which bridges Harford and Cecil counties at the dam, was closed again around 10 a.m. Tuesday to repair damage to the concrete wall caused by the crash. It was reopened shortly after 2 p.m., SHA spokeswoman Shantee Felix said.
Approximately 14,000 vehicles a day use this section of Route 1, according to SHA.