Tanker, SUV accident backs up traffic at Route 152 and I-95 in Joppa

Traffic was backed up on Route 152 near the I-95 northbound exit ramp in Joppa for several hours Friday morning following a collision involving a tanker truck and an SUV.

Andy Doyle, public information officer for Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, said the call for the motor vehicle accident was received by the fire company around 9:08 a.m. Doyle said three fire engines and one paramedic unit responded to the crash.

Maryland State Police from the Bel Air Barrack investigated the accident and handled traffic control at the scene. The accident forced the closure of Route 152 for almost three hours. Shortly before noon, State Police said the road was open and traffic was moving in the area without delay.

The tanker truck, carrying motor fuel, was exiting northbound I-95 at Route 152 when it collided with the SUV, a Dodge Durango, that was traveling south on Route 152, Doyle said.

According the accident report, the driver of the Durango, Jeffrey E. Meurer, of the 400 block of Acadia Drive in Joppa, failed to stop for a steady red signal and hit the tanker truck, driven by Thomas E. Wardell, of Woodbine.

Meurer was traveling at 45 mph at the time of the accident, according to the report.

Meurer suffered minor injuries and refused to be transported to the hospital, Doyle said. Wardell did not require medical attention.

The accident report listed icy conditions, snow and obstructed vision as contributing factors to the accident. Drugs and alcohol were not involved, police said.

Members of Harford County's Hazmat Team were sent to the scene to help with transportation of the tanker truck, Doyle said.

"There is no active leak, but the Hazmat Team is going to oversee the operation to ensure that it stays that way," Doyle said.

Doyle said traffic was detoured to Old Mountain Road South to get around the accident.

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