Oversized load stuck at tunnel toll plaza
Photo by Sam Sessa
The Sun's Sam Sessa reports that a piece of heavy equipment (oversize load) has become stuck in a toll plaza lane on northbound Interstate 95 at the Fort McHenry Tunnel. He reports that officials are to figure out what to do with the equipment -- apparently a backhoe.
Sgt. Jonathan Green, a spokesman for the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, said a crew was working to extricate the vehicle from lane No. 3 at the toll plaza but said they will apparently have to remove a crash barrier to do so.
Green said the driver had a permit to transport an oversized load but apparently violated its instructions in multiple ways. The driver tried to take the vehicle through a wrong lane for oversized loads and was traveling without a required escort vehicle during peak traffic hours when the permit was invalid, Green said. In addition, the driver failed to notify authorities an hour in advance of attempting to go through the tunnel -- another traffic offense.
Green said the there was no injury or collision in the incident, but he added that the driver would receive multple citations for oversized-load permit violations.
If you're planning to haul an oversize load anytime soon and wat to avoid a similar fate, click here to read the rules.