The National Transportation
Safety Board has concluded that the driver of a tanker truck who was killed in
a recent collision in Maryland had no signs of alcohol, drugs or
On Jan. 13, 2004, the
NTSB began investigating the crash of the truck, which departed a ramp where
895 crosses Interstate 95 in
Elkridge, MD. The ensuing collisions and fire killed 4 persons.
NTSB also found that when the truck was first examined after
the crash, a leaf spring on the right rear axle of the semi-trailer was broken,
with a piece of it missing.
The remaining section
of the main leaf spring has been removed from the truck and taken to the
materials laboratory in Washington. There, examinations
will be conducted to determine whether there is evidence of pre-impact damage
to that piece.
The final report on this investigation is expected sometime
next year; safety recommendations may be issued at any time during the course
of an investigation.