A tractor trailer overturned while attempting to cross a bridge under full wind restrictions in Maryland on Thursday afternoon, blocking the roadway for around 3 hours.
The accident occurred on January 4th at approximately 12:35 p.m. in Cecil County, Maryland.
According to the Maryland State Police, the semi truck was traveling along Interstate 95 when it attempted to cross the Tydings Bridge in winds of 50 mph. The truck was unable to make it through the strong winds and flipped, landing across multiple lanes of I-95.
Luckily, the truck driver was not injured in the incident and no other injuries have been reported.
At the time of the crash, a ‘full wind restriction’ was in place along the Tydings Bridge, meaning 50 mph gusts of wind were recorded in the area, and semi trucks weighing less than 64,000 pounds were banned from traveling the bridge.
UPDATE: In 30+ years of doing Traffic, I’ve never seen this – MDTA crews w/the overturned tractor trailer on I 95 SOUTH at the Tydings Bridge are dragging the truck off the bridge while it is still on it’s side. @MDSP says they couldn’t right it safely in the wind #mdtraffic pic.twitter.com/QlWJtHNA8P
— Jim Russ WBAL 1090 (@JimWBALTraffic) January 4, 2018
Both directions of I-95 were shut down for several hours as crews worked to clear the scene.
Recovery crews eventually decided to drag the truck off the bridge while it was still on its side, because the strong winds prevented them from lifting the truck.
The wind advisory expired around 7 p.m., and all lanes have been reopened.