I-95 reopened after ethanol spill

July 20, 2008 4:44:56 AM PDT
A truck accident that closed parts of I-95 in Bucks County for more 12 hours is finally cleared. The nightmare began just before 2:30 this morning on I-95 southbound, just below Woodhaven Road in Bensalem, Bucks County.

State Police say a front tire deflated on an ethanol truck, driven by 46-year-old Herbert Salter Jr. of Bel Air, Maryland forcing him to lose control of his rig. The truck hit a guard rail in the median and wound up in the northbound lanes.

A small amount of the 7,400 gallons of ethanol was spilled, but was quickly contained. However, because of the hazardous material in the truck, I-95 was closed in both directions between Woodhaven and Academy Roads for more than 11 hours.

The northbound lanes were reopened by 2:00 this afternoon and all southbound lanes an hour later.

Salter was taken to Frankford Hospital-Torresdale division in good condition.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating.