The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a team of
investigators Jan. 14 to the scene of a fatal tanker truck crash on Interstate
95 near Baltimore.
tanker carrying a flammable liquid plunged off a highway overpass Jan. 13 and
exploded into a fiery mass atop other vehicles, killing at least four people,
The truck landed in the
northbound lane of I-95, just below the overpass carrying the southbound lane
of Interstate 895, police said. Two other tractor-trailers and two passenger
vehicles were involved in the crash.
Gary McLhinney, police chief
of the Maryland Transportation Authority, said the number of those dead could
rise, according to press reports. Police had no information on the victims.
I-95 was closed for four hours in both directions.
NTSB Chairman Ellen Engleman Conners announced that Kenneth Suydam would lead a
seven-member team of investigators.
The NTSB investigates
major transportation accidents in the United States in all transportation
modes. The board
issues safety recommendations when appropriate to prevent future accidents.