I-70 in Frederick Co. completely reopens 13 hours after fatal, fiery fuel truck crash

Traffic slowed on Interstate 70 in Frederick County, Maryland, after a fuel truck overturned Tuesday afternoon, catching fire and leaving one person dead.

The Frederick County Fire Department said at least one person was trapped in the crash, which involved other vehicles. Maryland State Police later said the crash was fatal.

The crash happened a little before 3 p.m. near the rest area by Mt. Airy.

Crews stopped the fire after 5:30 p.m. and were able to secure the fuel tank. Traffic began to flow through the scene during the evening hours as clean up from the accident continued. After midnight, one eastbound lane and two westbound lanes were open for traffic.

The WTOP Traffic Center reports all affected travel lanes of I-70 had reopened by 4 a.m. Wednesday, after the conclusion of a long-standing crash cleanup.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2012 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He went to George Washington University as an undergraduate and is regularly surprised at the changes to the city since that faraway time.

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