NTSB investigates death of four in I-95 tanker truck accident

| 1/19/2004

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.

The 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, officials said.

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.

Meanwhile, 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.