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Hazmat Crews Respond to Berlin Crash

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WBOC Chopper 16 aerial photo of Tuesday morning's crash scene in Berlin. WBOC Chopper 16 aerial photo of Tuesday morning's crash scene in Berlin.

BERLIN, Md.- Hazmat crews had to be called to the scene after a truck pulling a trailer containing 80 gallons of hydrochloric acid crashed in Berlin on Tuesday morning.

Maryland State Police said the accident happened shortly after 9 a.m. on southbound U.S. Route 113 at Deer Park Drive. Police said that when troopers arrived on the scene, they found that 32-year-old Clifford S. Hall failed to maintain control of a Chevrolet truck, which was pulling a Bri-Mar trailer. According to investigators, the truck traveled off the left side of the road and struck a guardrail before it came to a rest in the wood line located in the center median. The trailer's cargo consisted of 80 gallons of hydrochloric acid, police noted.

Due to the containers being punctured, personnel from Berlin Fire Department, Worcester County Hazmat and the Maryland Department of Environment responded to the scene to assist with handling the clean-up.

The MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division responded to the scene to conduct an inspection of the truck and trailer.

Personnel from the State Highway Administration, the Worcester County Sheriff's Office and Berlin police responded to assist with traffic control.

Police said Hall, who was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center for unspecified injuries, was subsequently charged with the negligent driving. His passenger, 41-year-old Antonio Baltazar-Juarez, was not injured.

US Rt. 113 was closed for approximately two and a half hours during the investigation.

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