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Accident Report Detail

Tanker truck overturn and fire, Interstate 895 south

Executive Summary

​About 2:45 p.m. on January 13, 2004, a 2003 Freightliner truck tractor in combination with a 2000 Heil cargo tank semitrailer (tanker) was traveling southbound on Interstate 895 (I‑895) near the city of Elkridge, in Howard County, Maryland. The vehicle was being operated by a driver traveling to Bethesda, Maryland, to deliver 8,800 gallons of premium grade gasoline. The weather was cloudy, and the roadway was dry.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the January 13, 2004, accident in Elkridge, Maryland, was the failure of the tanker driver to maintain control of his vehicle for undetermined reasons. Contributing to the accident was the narrowed shoulder at the beginning of the overpass and the outdated design of this section of the roadway, including the flared concrete parapet and guardrail transition, which led the tanker to mount the parapet and vault the concrete safety shape barrier bridge rail so that the vehicle fell from the overpass onto the roadway below.

Accident Location: Elkridge , MD    
Accident Date: 1/13/2004
Accident ID: HWY04MH012

Date Adopted: 7/30/2009
NTSB Number: HAB-09-01
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