UPDATE: Accident Closes Traffic Conowingo Dam

U.S. Route 1 will be closed for at least four hours police said.

UPDATED (2:53 p.m.)—An accident at the Conowingo Dam shut down traffic on U.S. Route 1 for about nine hours Wednesday, Maryland State Police told Wednesday.

The road was reopened to traffic around 2 p.m., according to state police.

The accident, which involved farm equipment and a tractor trailer, took place shortly before 4:48 a.m. on the dam, which carries Route 1 over the Susquehanna River, according to , spokesman for .

One person was taken by Darlington Volunteer Fire Company ambulance to Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore for treatment, according to Gardiner.

As a result of the accident, a large quantity of diesel fuel spilled in the area along with other contents of the tractor trailer. The Harford County HazMat Team was called to the scene to handle the spill.

Clean-up remained underway at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, and the roadway was again opened to traffic by 2 p.m.

Morning commuters were urged to consider Interstate 95 and U.S Route 40 as alternate routes to cross the Susquehanna River. Southbound travelers were able to cross the river at no cost, but there are tolls on the Cecil County side of the river on both the Hatem (Route 40) and Tydings (I-95) bridges.

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Ashley May 02, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Again? People need to be more careful.
Stan Rodia May 02, 2012 at 01:37 PM
The speed limits need to be reduced and strictly enforced approaching the Dam. Coming downhill and merging into two narrow, two-way lanes is extremely dangerous. It has always been this been this way, but there has been a drastic increase in the traffic using the Dam. Action needs to be taken immediately or we will see more of this... Our thoughts and prayers go out to any of those who may have been injured or lost.
FLRush May 02, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I'am 61 years old and have been driving across the Dam all of my life, there is adequate signage in place for the approaches to the Dam. The problem is, as everywhere else, is that people drive too fast and are too distracted with cell phones and what ever. Until people start driving using more common sense these stupid crashes are going to continue whether it is at the Dam, the Bel Air Bypass, Route 543, Route 152 or whatever. Also, it would be helpful to have police start enforcing the people continually running red lights, especially at Route 22 & Route 543, and people following you 5 feet off your bumper at 50 MPH.
Joel May 02, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I concur with FLRush. Been noticing more and more drivers approaching me with the inability to stay to the right of center (double-yellow lines). Looks to me they are not devoting full time and attention to driving, for whatever the reason. And not just young drivers. The highways will be the great equalizer - we all stand a chance of being injured or killed by this negligence. Drive as though all our lives depend on it. That stretch of US1 is rather dangerous, what with large trucks and small side streets and many not obeying the speed limit. As the saying goes, "just an accident waiting to happen". My heart goes out to those injured. May they recover to drive again another day.
Rich Gardiner May 02, 2012 at 04:14 PM
All and Sean: this incident involved farm implements and a tractor trailer and was dispatched to emergency personnel at 4:48am. One person was taken by land to Bayview by the Darlington VFC. There was also a large quantity of diesel fuel spilled as well as the non hazardous cargo of the tractor trailer that was spilled. The Harford County HazMat Team was also called to the scene to remediate the diesel issues. The cause is being investigated by the MSP. Any speculation on the cause would be improper. Rich Gardiner Spokesperson Harford Co Vol Fire and EMS Association
Kirsten Dize May 02, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Thanks, Rich!
Tom Adkins May 03, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Is it any coincidence that the frequency of accidents on and around the dam and the stretch of Route 1 between Bel Air and the dam in recent times has increased as the MDTA continues to gouge the citizens of Harford and Cecil County and anyone else to cross the Susquehanna River via Rte 40 or I-95. As well as truckers who are using the dam in ever increasing numbers to avoid paying the ridiculously high tolls. They say they needed these increases to help pay for the $2.6 billion Intercounty connector (which a vast part of Harford and Cecil County residents will never set foot or tire on) and the $1 billion express toll lanes between Baltimore and White Marsh. Those are well and good, but I'm not sure the folks passing through Harford/Cecil County should be paying for it this way. And now folks are starting to pay with their lives. I sure hope it's not my wife, mom, sister, or your's either, who is crossing the dam when the next big rig driver unfamiliar with the curves and hills on both sides of the dam and its narrow lanes comes rolling around and has a split second decision to make. I commend this particular truck driver who in a split moment chose to miss the tractor and crashed into the dam instead. He is a hero in that regard. But, its only Thursday now, and by Wednesday this week the dam was closed twice for hours for accidents already.
Carol May 03, 2012 at 07:21 PM
You are right about the texting FLRush, Texting and drunk drivers are alike., there is NO excuse for it. Be safe
ERIK D FLETCHER May 04, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I use The DAm Daily myself To commute !!! .i noticed much more traffic because of the outragous TOLLs .The little Beady eyed MAN in Annapolis says we need to fix roads & infastructure !!! Humm Maybe improve the Approach to the Dam on US 1?? naa that cost too much & the poor people that live in Cecil & work in harford need to pay for the ICC that folks in this area will never benefit from !!!! Maybe Harford& Cecil need an ICC???? lol HAAAA


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