Tractor-trailer crashes onto side near Cecilton
— A man was transported to an area hospital after the tractor-trailer he was driving rolled onto its side on a highway near Cecilton on Sunday, according to Maryland State Police.
An ambulance crew took the driver, Howard Rubertiello, 72, of Delmar, to Union Hospital in Elkton with what investigators described as “possible injuries,” after the single-vehicle crash that occurred about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday on Route 213 near Sandy Bottom Road, south of Cecilton, police reported.
Information on his medical
condition was unavailable on Tuesday afternoon.
Police said Rubertiello was driving a 2007 Volvo tractortrailer in the northbound lane of Route 213 when he noticed a vehicle stopped in front of him in his lane, police said. At that point, police added, Rubertiello avoided striking the stopped vehicle by maneuvering his truck, police added.
Rubertiello, however, lost control of the truck when he swerved and the truck tipped and landed on its side, coming to rest on the shoulder of the highway, police reported.
Initial emergency dispatches indicated radio that the single-vehicle caused a fuel leak.
The Cecil County Hazmat Team did respond to the scene, but only to safely drain gasoline from the truck’s two saddle tanks into other containers, before workers righted the truck, according to Richard Brooks, director of the Cecil County Department of Emergency Services.
Noting that each saddle tank can hold 150 gallons of gasoline, Brooks explained that fuel is pumped into other containers as a precaution before righting a truck to avoid leaks if one or both of the saddle tanks punctures during the righting process. crash
A tractor-trailer rests on its side on the shoulder of Route 213, south of Cecilton, after a single-vehicle crash on Sunday.