Over­turned grain truck closes Rt. 213 for hours

Record Observer - - News -

KINGSTOWN — An ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a grain truck shut down a part of state Route 213 Tues­day, Oct. 10, caus­ing the Ch­ester River bridge to be tem­po­rar­ily closed.

Mar yland State Po­lice Cpl. Kristo­pher Phillips said the ac­ci­dent oc­curred at about 8:50 a.m., near the Kingstown Farm, Home and Gar­den store in Queen Anne’s County.

He said a pickup truck trav­el­ing north­bound sud­denly went off the road for “un­known rea­sons,” came back on Route 213 and col­lided with a Peter­bilt triple-axle grain truck that was trav­el­ing south­bound, caus­ing the grain truck to over­turn.

Phillips said the pickup truck is reg­is­tered in Ch­ester­town. He said the driver, whose iden­tity was not im­me­di­ately avail­able, sus­tained “un­known in­juries” and was flown to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter in Bal­ti­more.

The grain truck driver was un­in­jured. Mary­land State Po­lice re­sponded to the scene, along with the Ch­ester­town Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany and oth­ers.

Phillips said the Ch­ester­town Po­lice Depart­ment ini­tially as­sisted with di­vert­ing traf­fic from the bridge be­fore the State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion took over. The Ch­ester River bridge was closed un­til about 3:30 p.m. Driv­ers were de­toured around Crump­ton.

“The grain truck was fully loaded and when it tipped over, it spilled ev­ery­where,” Phillips said. “We have to clean it all up be­fore ev­ery­thing goes back to nor­mal.”

PHOTO BY DORIAN MITCHELL

Mem­bers of the Ch­ester­town Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany work to re­move spilled grain from state Route 213 Tues­day morn­ing af­ter re­spond­ing to an ac­ci­dent near the Kingstown Farm, Home and Gar­den store.

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