Tractor-trailer crashes over side of Conowingo Dam

This early morning crash Tuesday, Nov. 26 at the Conowingo Dam, seen here in a photo courtesy of J. Michael Maldeis, killed the driver of this tractor trailer.

CONOWINGO — State troopers are investigating an early morning crash Tuesday that saw a tractor-trailer go off the side of the Conowingo Dam.

According to a news release from Maryland State Police, troopers from the North East barrack were dispatched at about 1:30 a.m. to a collision that involved a Peterbilt tractor and trailer in the area of Conowingo Road (U.S. Route 1) and Susquehanna River Road (state Route 222) in Conowingo.

Emergency personnel arrived on scene to the tractor and dump trailer off the side of the Conowingo Dam, the release states. The driver was reportedly pronounced deceased at the scene by emergency services paramedics.

Troopers are withholding the driver's identity pending notification to next of kin.

In the early stages of this investigation it appears the tractor-trailer had been traveling southbound on Conowingo Road and failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, troopers said. The vehicle reportedly struck a concrete barrier and guardrail on the northbound side, overturned and fell to the bottom of the dam.

The State Highway Administration responded to assist with the road closure and traffic control. The SHA announced plans to close the Conowingo Road from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday to repair the damaged concrete.

The Maryland State Police CRASH Team as well Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division troopers responded for the investigation.

Any witnesses to this crash are asked to contact the MSP North East barrack at 410-996-7800, reference case No. 19MSP050362. The investigation is continuing at this time.

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