Car, Box Truck and Tanker Collide on Route 3 - NBC4 Washington

Car, Box Truck and Tanker Collide on Route 3

Fuel spilled on the roadway



    A 3 vehicle accident shut down traffic on Route 3 near Route 50, after fuel was spilled on the roadway. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011)

    Authorities in Prince George's County said the driver of a gasoline tanker suffered a minor injury after the vehicle overturned in Bowie, Md.

    At 7 a.m., all northbound and southbound lanes had been reopened.

    County Fire and Rescue spokesman Mark Brady said the tanker was carrying 9,000 gallons of gasoline Monday night when it was involved in a crash with a car and a box truck along Route 3 near Route 450.
    The tanker was overturned in the median strip and Route 3 had to be closed in both directions. Brady said about 100 gallons were spilled but it was eventually contained. First-responders managed to keep the leaking gasoline out of the storm drain.

    News4's Megan McGrath reported that a truck called in to lay down sand for the fuel clean up broke down early Tuesday morning and a replacement had to be called. That delay slowed the cleanup and caused continued delays for drivers.

    An empty tanker was sent to the scene, and the overturned tanker was off-loaded before being removed.

    The driver of tanker was hospitalized in good condition. Drivers of the other vehicles denied transport or treatment.