Tractor-trailer transporting colorful paper overturns on I-270, 1 injured

A tractor-trailer carrying a load of paper products overturned on Interstate 270 in Maryland following a crash with a Montgomery County commuter bus.

The truck was reported overturned heading southbound on I-270 around 9:30 p.m., a short distance from the exit ramp to Interstate 370 in Montgomery County.

Multicolored paper and fuel from the tractor-trailer covered the highway, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokesman Pete Piringer. Hazmat crews arrived on the scene to clean up the spill.

The crash blocked all lanes of traffic on Monday night, with authorities clearing the roadway by around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The tractor-trailer ended on its side, but its driver was not injured, according to Piringer.

The Ride On bus had damage on its rear. The bus driver was hurt. There were no passengers on the bus at the time, Piringer said.

WTOP’s Ivy Lyons contributed to this report.

Hugh Garbrick

Hugh graduated from the University of Maryland’s journalism college in 2020. While studying, he interned at the Queen Anne & Magnolia News, a local paper in Seattle, and reported for the school’s Capital News Service. Hugh is a lifelong MoCo resident, and has listened to the local radio quite a bit.

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