Southbound I-495 near New Castle has reopened, after a truck crashed and spilled diesel fuel earlier this morning.

Southbound I-495 near New Castle has reopened after a fuel spill was cleaned up from a crash earlier this morning.

State Police reported at 10 a.m. that the road has reopened, after a truck crashed and spilled diesel fuel at about 4:45 a.m.

Police said Karl Lehr, 29, of Halethorpe, Md., was driving south on I-495 in the right lane, just past the exit for North DuPont Parkway (Route 13), when he swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway.

His vehicle, a 2010 Hino box truck, struck the guardrail on the right shoulder. The vehicle then continued south, re-entering the traffic lanes, and stopped on the left shoulder.

The impact with the guard rail caused a fuel take to rupture, spilling diesel fuel onto the road.

Lehr, who was properly restrained and not injured, was issued a traffic summons for driving a commercial vehicle without a commercial driver's license, police said.

The roadway was closed for about five hours as the fuel spill was cleaned.


A crash near New Castle on I-495 southbound, near the southern merge with I-95, resulted in a large diesel fuel spill from a commercial truck early this morning.

The accident happened at 4:45 a.m.

As of 6:30 a.m., State Police said I-495 southbound at U.S. Route 13 (North DuPont Parkway) was still closed.

There were no injuries as a result of this incident.

Police advised motorists to avoid the area.