An overturned truck spilled thousands of gallons of milk and several gallons of fuel onto Darnestown Road in Beallsville, shutting down traffic in both directions Friday afternoon.
For reasons unknown, the driver of the milk tanker truck, an adult male, lost control of the vehicle and it overturned at around 1:20 p.m. on Darnestown Road near the intersection with Martinsburg Road, according to Montgomery County police and fire officials. The driver was not injured in the accident, said Beth Anne Nesselt, a Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman.
“We’re all crying over spilt milk right now,” Nesselt joked. “The important thing is no one was injured.”
Darnestown Road was closed for cleanup efforts shortly after the accident, in which approximately 5,000 gallons of milk and several gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the truck, Nesselt said. Darnestown Road will remain closed between Route 109 and Mount Ephraim Road until the leak is cleaned up, Nesselt added.
“At about 2:12 the leak had been stopped and the spill had been principally contained,” Nesselt said. “They’re right now focusing on cleanup activities so police are managing that and maintaining traffic in that area.”
Sand trucks and work crews are arriving at the site to clean up but there is no estimate to when the road will be reopened, said Officer Rebecca Innocenti, a Montgomery County police spokeswoman.
“We were told to expect something in the next couple of hours, but that’s just an estimate,” she said. “For now, drivers should just avoid that area if possible.”