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  • UPDATE: I-495 near New Castle reopens after truck accident, fuel spill

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