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Truck leaking 9000 gallons of propane on Chesapeake Bay Bridge

Traffic stopped in both directions, both spans closed

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland.



Emergency crews have said they plugged the leak in the tanker successfully and will move the truck to Sandy Point to finish offloading the fuel. Traffic has been reopened on both spans but eastbound US 50 is still experiencing delays starting at Whitehall road.

No injuries have been reported.

A tanker truck is leaking 9,000 gallons of propane on the eastern shore side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge on the westbound span.

The leak is not over the water, but on the road leading up to the bridge’s westbound span on the Eastern Shore side.

Calling 1-877-BAYSPAN, the traffic information hotline for the Bay Bridge, results in a busy signal.

Both east and west bound spans of the bridge have been shut down while crews investigate the leak.

Traffic cameras from MDOT show traffic stopped in both directions.

My cousin actually saw what happened as he was he made it onto the eastern shore side. He said he saw a white truck suddenly start spraying a white mist high up into the air.

Propane is a highly flammable gas and the situation is being taken seriously.

Alternate routes including 301 are suggested depending on how long it takes crews to investigate and clean up. But currently it looks like the bridge could be closed both ways for 2 hours or more.

We’ll pass on more information as it becomes available.

Picture of accident scene showing propane tanker.

Picture of accident scene showing propane tanker.

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