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Fire crews clear diesel fuel, sugar from I-95 ramp

A combination of diesel fuel and sugar from an overturned tractor trailer closed the I-95 north ramp onto Route 100 west in Laurel early Thursday.

Crews from the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services responded to the accident just after midnight. The truck was carrying 40,000 pounds of sugar and was leaking 60 gallons of diesel fuel. The services' special operations unit, which conducts hazardous materials mitigation, worked with Maryland Department of Environment and State Highway Administration to clear the scene and minimize the impact of the spill.

The driver had managed to get out of the truck before rescue crews arrived and was not injured. Firefighters cleared the scene at about 1:40 a.m. and no injuries occurred during the clean-up effort.

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