FREDERICK, MARYLAND - Officials from the Frederick County Department of Fire and Rescue Services and the Maryland State Police confirmed that a semi-truck hauling fuel crashed, possibly with another vehicle, overturned and caught fire on U.S. Route 15 in Frederick, Maryland on March 4, 2023.
Residents of the neighborhood reported the tanker exploded resulting in a large fireball and plume of smoke. They also reported nearby homes closest to the fire catching fire as a result of the explosion.
In the video above from StormChasingVideo.com captured by Sierra Harrop, you can see a large emergency response from the Frederick Fire Department and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, as large flames and thick black smoke is spewing from the scene of the crash. Fire and smoke could even be seen coming from the sewer drains as the fuel from the tanker had run off into the drains and caught fire. The Maryland State Police are reporting that the Maryland State Fire Marshall and the Maryland Department of the Environment are responding to the scene of the crash, along with several other hazmat crews were called to the scene to help attempt to contain this environmentally hazardous situation that is evolving in Frederick, Maryland.
The Maryland State Police have also confirmed the driver of the tanker has died as a result of the crash. They also report that multiple vehicles and homes suffered damage from the flames of the overturned semi-truck. They are reporting that there are no other injuries or fatalities that have been reported from this incident.
Video captured by Warren Morningstar/StormChasingVideo.com
The crash and fire have closed U.S. Route 15 between Route 50 and 7th Street in both directions according to the Maryland State Police. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
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