Tanker ruptures, spilling diesel at I-70 rest area


About 2,500 gallons of diesel fuel spilled at a rest area on Interstate 70 yesterday morning after a tanker was ruptured by an improperly attached wheel.

The driver, an employee of Baltimore Tank Lines Inc., was attempting to fix a wheel on the 8,000-gallon capacity vehicle shortly after 8 a.m. when the tank slipped from the hitch and burst open, said Lt. Michael Gearhart of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

Fire and rescue workers siphoned several hundred gallons of oil from a nearby tributary of the Patuxent River. By 3 p.m., the workers from the state Department of the Natural Resources had used vacuums to help pump about 1,000 gallons of the oil from the road surface, said Art O'Connell, chief of the department's emergency response division.

Mr. O'Connell expected the cleanup to continue into the night. The incident is still under investigation, he said.


* Elkridge: 5900 block of Bonnie View Lane: Someone slipped through the window of a utility shed and stole two green $75, 16-inch electric saws between Friday and Monday.

5800 block of Rockledge Court: Jewelry was taken from a home Monday after someone broke a basement window to enter, police said.

* Ellicott City: 3400 block of Tyler Court: Archery equipment valued at about $450 was stolen from a back porch Sunday or Monday.

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