A gasoline tanker truck carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel collided with a passenger car near Deale in Anne Arundel County Saturday night, killing the truck driver and injuring two occupants of the other vehicle.
Pronounced dead on arrival at Anne Arundel General Hospital was David Schmidt, 39, of Baltimore, who was delivering fuel to a gas station in Lexington Park, St. Mary's County, police said.
Kevin Francis McCarthy, 23, of Alexandria, was airlifted with head and internal injuries to University Hospital's shock trauma unit in Baltimore where he was listed in serious but stable condition. His passenger, Kathleen M. Moore, 29, also of Alexandria, was taken to Anne Arundel General, treated and released.
The accident closed down Rte. 2 between Fairhaven and Bay Front roads until 10:30 a.m. yesterday, a total of 12 hours.
Fire and rescue squads worked through the night to prevent an explosion, hosing down the highway where half the tanker's fuel had spilled and pumping the rest into another truck.
In all, some 100 workers and 25 pieces of equipment participated in rescue and clean-up efforts. Units came from Andrews Air Force Base, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Coast Guard, the city of Annapolis and the State of Maryland's Water Resources Administration.
Officer David Bunting, heading the investigation for county police, said McCarthy apparently failed to yield the right of way as his 1974 Chevrolet entered Rte. 2. The collision caused the tanker to separate from the cab of the truck. It skidded down the road, landing on top of the cab which had ended up in the ditch.