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Two injured as truck crashes into river

Two trash haulers were injured slightly yesterday morning in Northwest Howard County when the truck they were in overturned and dumped diesel and hydraulic oil into the Patuxent River.

The truck's driver, Charles Mickle, 26, of Gaithersburg, and passenger David Bird, 24, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va., were taken by ambulance to Montgomery General Hospital, said Battalion Chief Donald R. Howell, spokesman for Howard County Fire and Rescue Services. Both were treated and released.

Environmental workers contained the fluids and prevented most from going downstream, said John Goheen, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The little that leaked downstream was believed to have been diluted, he said.

The accident occurred at about 9:30 a.m. yesterday as the truck, which is owned by Eastern Waste Industries Inc. in Frederick, approached a curve in the 2700 block of Mullinix Mill Road, said Sgt. Gary L. Gardner, a county police spokesman.

Mr. Mickle told police his brakes failed and he lost control of the truck, which rolled over, slammed through a guardrail and into the river.

The truck was three-quarters full and carrying about 90 gallons of diesel fuel and 50 gallons of hydraulic oil and five gallons of motor oil, authorities said.

A small amount of diesel fuel, 30 to 40 gallons of hydraulic fluid and trash spilled into the river, Mr. Goheen said.

Environmental workers were to visit the river today and perform tests on the water, Mr. Goheen said.

No charges have been filed.

Change your batteries in smoke detectors

Howard County Fire and Rescue Services stations will sound sirens at 1 p.m. Saturday throughout the community to remind residents to change their smoke detector batteries when they turn their clocks back to Eastern Standard Time on Sunday.

Firefighters also will distribute "Check and Change" door hangars as reminders.

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