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Hazardous fluids leak into stream near Rocks State Park after car runs off Route 24 Wednesday

A hazardous materials crew was called to clean up a spill of automotive fluids into a small stream following a single vehicle accident north of Rocks State Park in northern Harford County Wednesday afternoon.

A Honda Accord traveling north ran off Route 24 a few hundred feet north of Coen Road, flipping over and landing in the stream around 3:38 p.m., according to Rich Gardiner, a spokesman for the Harford Volunteer Fire & EMS Association.

The driver, whose name and age were unavailable, was taken by ambulance to a regional trauma center, Gardiner said. He did not know the extent of any injuries.

The car was leaking hazardous fluids into the stream, a tributary of Deer Creek, and emergency crews responded to contain the spill, he added. The accident occurred near where the stream crosses under Route 24.

Mike Brunicke, acting chief of the county hazmat team, said the car went over a guardrail and ended up on its roof in the stream bed, leaking unknown fluids.

Hazmat crews spread absorbent material at the crash site once the car was removed and at two spots downstream, as a precaution to pick up anything that may have spilled, Brunicke explained.

The absorbent will be left in place for a few days and picked up later this week, he added.

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