13, the National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a “Go Team” to
investigate the crash of a tanker truck that that killed at least four
people as the truck departed a ramp where Interstate 895 crosses Interstate
95 in Elkridge, MD.
follows are some initial results of the investigation:
tractor involved in the accident is a 2003 Freightliner Daytripper
model; the tank is a 2000 Heil 406 model.
- Shortly before the
crash, the truck was loaded with 8,800 gallons of premium gasoline at
a Citgo facility in Baltimore. With an estimated 100 gallons already
in the tank, that would have resulted in 8,900 gallons of product in
a 9,200-gallon tank. Investigators have obtained and will be studying
a video purportedly depicting the tank truck being loaded with product
before the accident trip.
- Ending at the point
where the truck turned over, the team measured 165 feet of tire marks. There
are other marks that might extend that measurement, but they cannot be
positively associated with the truck involved in the accident.
examinations of the vehicle are continuing. A similar truck will be used
as a point of reference for investigators as they try to determine whether
the truck had any pre-accident mechanical deficiencies.
process is understandably difficult due to the severe fire damage the
truck sustained,” the NTSB said in a statement.
work this weekend will focus on lining up tire marks, checking track
widths and attempting to discern the positions of the truck during the
U.S. Department of Transportation agencies have been added as parties
to the NTSB investigation: the Federal Highway Administration and the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They join the Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Maryland State Police, the Maryland
Transportation Authority Police and Petro Chemical Transport Inc., Addison,
TX, the operator of the truck, as parties.
days, investigators hope to interview family members of the truck driver,
continue examining the accident vehicle, examine maintenance records
on the truck and tank, examine motor carrier records and gather medical
records on the driver. A blood sample from the driver has been obtained
by the Safety Board and will be sent to a federal lab for toxicological