Single-vehicle crash involving hazardous materials in Mount Airy closes I-70, Md. 27

Originally published by Carroll County Times

A wintry storm that brought in 2-4 inches of snow and ice to Carroll County on Monday morning caused several automobile crashes across the county, including one that closed Interstate-70.

A single-vehicle collision involving hazardous material was reported in Mount Airy at approximately 10:50 a.m. A truck carrying multiple gases including liquid nitrogen, acetylene, and oxygen containers overturned under the I-70 overpass on Md. 27 at the exit for I-70. The interstate was closed for more than an hour before reopening. Md. 27 remained closed until early afternoon, before reopening.

HAZMAT teams from Carroll and Frederick counties were used to mitigate leaks. A total of seven fire companies were on the scene from Carroll County, Frederick County, and Howard County, according to Doug Alexander, Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Co. spokesperson.

Emergency crews work at the scene of a crash that left a truck carrying compressed gas overturned beneath the Interstate 70 overpass at the intersection of MD. 27 in mount Airy Monday, Feb 22, 2021.
Emergency crews work at the scene of a crash that left a truck carrying compressed gas overturned beneath the Interstate 70 overpass at the intersection of MD. 27 in mount Airy Monday, Feb 22, 2021. (Dylan Slagle)

The Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department released a warning on social media that hazardous conditions remain in southern Carroll County as there are reports of propane leaks from the truck. No injuries are reported,

Maryland State Police said the crash remains under investigation. The scene was cleared as of 1:45 p.m.

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The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office reported six other property-damage vehicle collisions.

The snow began falling in the morning after buses had already departed to pick up students for Carroll County Public Schools, which remained open throughout the day. CCPS had four inclement weather days, canceling classes and other activities, over the three previous weeks.

Emergency crews work at the scene of a crash that left a truck carrying compressed gas overturned beneath the Interstate 70 overpass at the intersection of MD. 27 in mount Airy Monday, Feb 22, 2021.
Emergency crews work at the scene of a crash that left a truck carrying compressed gas overturned beneath the Interstate 70 overpass at the intersection of MD. 27 in mount Airy Monday, Feb 22, 2021. (Dylan Slagle)

Carroll Community College closed its campus at 11 a.m. with staff working remotely and F2F classes moved online. The school reopened at 5 p.m. McDaniel College closed Monday with hybrid and in-person classes being held online.

Forecasters said light precipitation would continue through Monday evening with temperatures remaining in the mid-30s.

Brian LaSorsa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Carroll County received 2-4 inches of snow, with 2 inches in Eldersburg, 3.3 in Westminster, and close to 4 inches in Millers. LaSorsa said the region should be clear of snow until Friday and temperatures expected to be above 32 degrees should keep roads from freezing.

Carroll Community College student Irene Hintze clears her windshield after the college dismissed classes early due to accumulating snow in Westminster on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021.
Carroll Community College student Irene Hintze clears her windshield after the college dismissed classes early due to accumulating snow in Westminster on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. (Dylan Slagle)

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