And the Chaos Begins

For those hoping for a quick exit from DC today, good luck. A tanker truck caught on fire on I-95 between DC and Baltimore already this morning. AP reported that:

Traffic was snarled around the nation’s capital early Wednesday after a tanker truck carrying 8,700 gallons of gasoline exploded on Interstate 95 on one of the busiest travel days of the year.
The truck driver was able to escape unharmed after he noticed one of his rear wheels burning as he headed south from Baltimore around 5 a.m. EST.

The driver escaped unharmed, eh? Yeah, only because he ran into the bushes and hid till the cops came. I’d think if he had that fire at 5pm, he’d be tossed into the flames by those stuck behind him.

Also noted in the article is the newest name for Friendship Airport. I still think the folks responsible for the tongue-twisting “Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport” should be tossed into the flames of the next truck fire. At least they didn’t desecrate it like our other two airports – naming it after CIA Directors or Alzheimers Presidents.

3 Comments so far

  1. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2005 @ 10:52 am

    Then again, would you rather their names be associated with good things like memorials, or places that people have come to loathe with the fiery passion of Cowboy-hatred?

  2. Don (unregistered) on November 24th, 2005 @ 4:44 pm

    Many moons ago I was driving from DC (where I was just visiting, not having yet moved here) to Boston and, like an amatuer, took 95 all the way up. Except for the section in Philadelphia where there had been a tire fire. Right underneath an overpass span.

    If you don’t know, tire fires burn HOT and are hard to put out. So hot and hard to put out that there was concern that the rebar had liquified and the concrete expanded and contracted sufficiently to make the span unsafe. I have no idea how long that span was closed but I expect it was notably longer than half the morning.

  3. WFY (unregistered) on November 24th, 2005 @ 9:14 pm

    That was back in ’96. It took a few weeks to rebuild the viaduct.

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