PHOTOS: Overturned Beer Truck Blocks Lanes Of NB I-270

5:49 PM, Jul 26, 2012   |    comments
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HYATTSTOWN, Md. (WUSA) -- A crash involving an overturned beer truck that lost its load blocked all but the right shoulder of northbound I-270 north of Route 109 in Hyattstown on Thursday morning. About six hours later, the scene was cleared.

Maryland State Police responded to the scene of the crash where officials say a large piece of debris was reported in the roadway just before the collision occurred just after 4:10 a.m. Police say the tractor trailer overturned and struck the guardrail and barriers, coming to rest on its side in lanes one and two. 

According to state police, the tractor-trailer was destroyed, and its precious cargo was scattered across the roadway. The clean-up effort is expected to be extensive, requiring heavy-duty equipment. Fire and hazmat crews, along with representatives of the MD State Highways Administration, dealt with the mess made by the wreckage and the lost load, as well as a ruptured fuel tank. 

The woman driving the beer truck was reportedly walking at the scene, but has been transported to a local hospital for a check-up.

Police say the debris was reported by the driver who had lost it on the highway. That driver was cited for failing to secure his load.

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