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Tanker Truck Blaze Kills 1 in Port Deposit

Harford County fire companies, including the Susquehanna Hose Company, responded.

UPDATED (Saturday, 6 a.m.)—A tanker truck was ablaze Friday night after overturning on MD Route 222 in Port Deposit.

A building fire was under way as a result of the overturned tanker, according to Rich Gardiner, spokesman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Association.

The Cecil Whig reported the driver of the gasoline truck died in the accident.

The accident happened around 9 p.m. Friday at MD Route 222 and Main Street in Port Deposit. Harford County companies, including Darlington, Level and the responded to the blaze, Gardiner said.

A  city staff member told  that lights at a downtown restaurant went out at the time of the crash.

The fire lit the Main Street area of Port Deposit, and sent a plume of smoke over the Susquehanna Riverfront community.

The Harford fire companies either rendered aid on site or filled in at stations for Cecil County companies that were on the scene.

Susquehanna Hose Company Chief Scott Hurst said as many as 30 Havre de Grace firefighters were on the scene at one time, with four pieces of equipment in tow. About half of them remained at hte scene as of 10:40 p.m.

"They plan on being there for several hours tonight," Hurst said at 10:40 p.m..

It's the second overturnred tanker in Port Deposit this month. Last week, another truck  on the Susquehanna River waterfront.

Stay with Patch for updates.

Clinton Devereaux August 25, 2012 at 11:19 AM
The Cecil Whig reported the driver of the gasoline truck died in the accident.
Sean Welsh August 25, 2012 at 11:29 AM
I updated the story at 6 a.m. (after your comment) to include a link to The Whig's report, confirming the driver died in the crash. -Sean
Hollee Sifford August 25, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Sounds to me le these BIG trucks need to stay off these roadways in port.That little town is not equipped structurally to handle the size of these trucks.Sometimes it is hard enough in a vehicle VERY narrow.So sad a life was lost
FASHIONRB August 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM
I THINK THE ROADS ARE TOO SMALL FOR BIG TANKKERS AND TRACTOR TRILERS COMING THROUGH, THEY NEED TO PUT UP A SIGN NOW SAYING "NO BIG RIGS".
Jane Bellmyer August 27, 2012 at 02:20 PM
It's a state road so I doubt they will ban trucks. However I suspect the reason they are on this road is either the person doing the routing is uninformed or the driver is trying to avoid the tolls and the weigh stations. This driver was heading for Conowingo. He should have been on Route 1.

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