Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Truck crashes into road overpass, spills cement

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A truck collided with the bridge overpass on Md. Route 75 at Beaver Dam Creek Monday afternoon, injuring its driver and spilling its load of cement, according to Maryland State Police.

Mathew Bethea, 38, of Dumfries, Va., was driving a Mack tractor-trailer southbound on Route 75 at about 3:30 p.m. Monday when he failed to negotiate a curve near the bridge overpass. The truck crashed into the overpass, and spilled an undetermined amount of dry cement, according to police.

Bethea was flown to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment, according to police. The road was closed for several hours as police investigated the scene and workers cleaned up the spill.

Kim Lamphir, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Department of the Environment, said some cement spilled into Beaver Dam Creek and killed ‘‘a few minnows.” The creek was running clear by the time state environmental officials left the scene Monday, but they are still investigating.

Maryland State Police were still investigating the accident by The Gazette’s deadline Wednesday, and could offer no further comment.