Trac­tor-trailer crashes onto side near Ce­cil­ton

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMILTON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

CE­CIL­TON

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

PHOTO COURTESY OF CE­CIL COUNTY FIRE BLOG

A trac­tor-trailer rests on its side on the shoul­der of Route 213, south of Ce­cil­ton, after a sin­gle-ve­hi­cle crash on Sun­day.

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