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Tanker truck accident forces evacuations

A tanker truck carrying up to 9,000 gallons of propane overturned, hit a utility pole and knocked down some live power lines early this morning, forcing the temporary closure of a section of Old York Road near Parkton in Baltimore County, authorities said.

About 20 people from five homes within a half-mile radius of the accident scene were evacuated as a precaution, county fire officials said. There were no reports of injuries.

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Capt. Jim Korn of the Baltimore County Fire Department said the 18-wheel tanker sustained "no significant structural damage" in the accident, which occurred around 3 a.m., east of Interstate 83 and just south of the Pennsylvania state line. Old York Road was closed between Lentz and Bond roads.

By 9 a.m., fire and hazardous materials crews -- including Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. workers -- had uprighted the tanker and were preparing to transfer the propane to another truck, Korn said. The product was not leaking, he added.

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Korn had no immediate details on possible causes of the accident. The road was reopened by 10:30 a.m.

Originally published January 13, 2004, 10:30 AM EST


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