Around 1:30 am, Tuesday, May 24, 2011, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS and Hazardous Materials Team were alerted to an overturned tractor trailer. The truck was loaded with blueberries and rolled on to its side on the ramp from the outer loop of the Capital Beltway (Route 495/Route 95) to go on to NB Route 295 and also the National Harbor. There were no other vehicles involved in the incident. The fuel tanks for the tractor lost about 20-30 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled on to the road. The Fire/EMS Department’s Hazardous Materials Team contained the spilled product and also off-loaded the remaining 80 gallons remaining inside the fuel tanks. There were two occupants from the truck that were evaluated by paramedics, however, declined to go to the hospital.
Assisting the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department were units from Alexandria and Fairfax. The overturned tractor-trailer remained on the ramp throughout the morning rush hour and was scheduled for removal by mid-day. The Maryland State Police (Forestville) is investigating the crash.
Photos by Steve Hess, Major, PGFD