Posted on Feb 21, 2011
Mt. Airy volunteer fire department spokesman Doug Alexander stated that early on a Sunday morning in January, a truck carrying about 8,000 gallons of liquid propane fuel ended up on its side in a median on Route 70, near the exits for Ridge Road.

According to the Maryland State Police, the truck driver, James Riley Hooper, 42, lost control of the truck. It then turned onto the driver's side, as it veered out of its lane and into the median.

Thankfully, no other passenger vehicles were involved in the crash. Also, none of the liquid propane was found to have leaked from the truck.

Hazmat crews, as well as personnel from multiple fire departments and Maryland State Police, responded to the scene for evidence collection. Initial investigations found that driver error was the primary cause of the crash.

Traffic in both directions was shut down for about five and a half hours, as authorities investigated and made sure that the hazardous materials were secured. After crews cleaned up the propane truck accident, Interstate 70 in Mount Airy near Ridge Road was reopened.

The driver, Hooper, and his passenger, Glenn Arnold Novack, were taken to area hospitals to be treated for injuries.


The Maryland car accident attorneys at Nickelsporn & Lundin would like to offer our most sincere condolences to the family and loved ones involved in this unfortunate accident. We wish a speedy recovery for those injured.

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