40,000 Pounds of Candy Offloaded onto I-270 After Truck Hits Police Cruiser

The truck driver was hurt, and no police officers were injured

A tractor-trailer carrying a massive load of candy ran into a Montgomery County police cruiser that was conducting a traffic stop on I-270 Friday, leaving the truck driver injured, police say. No police officers were hurt.

The truck was carrying about 40,000 pounds of candy, including Hershey bars, and began to fall apart as crews tried to pull it off the road. Police say the exit ramp from southbound I-270 to Germantown Road will be closed for at least four hours for cleanup.

Nearby lanes are open, but traffic is moving slowly.

Montgomery County Police say an officer was conducting a traffic stop when the truck hit the cruiser. The cruiser then slammed into another police car. Photos show the truck toppled over and went over the guardrail.

The truck driver was entrapped in the cab, but extricated and taken to the hospital with minor injuries that are not life-threatening, Montgomery County Fire and Rescue says.

Hazmat units were called to the scene to clean up some fuel, fire officials said.

Police say the crash is a good reminder to move over for flashing lights as required by Maryland law.

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