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Half of Oakland, Md., evacuated after fuel mishap

Wednesday - 4/16/2014, 5:00pm  ET

OAKLAND, Md. (AP) -- Officials in Oakland, Md., have ordered evacuation of about half of the western Maryland town while crews try to right an overturned propane tanker truck in the town center.

Garrett County Administrator Monty Pagenhardt says the order Wednesday extends for about a mile around the accident at a sharp turn on U.S. 219. The town of 1,900 is nearly 200 miles west of Baltimore.

Pagenhardt says no propane leaked from the 10,000-gallon tanker. He says electricity to as many as 120 customers will be cut while workers try to lift the truck off a sidewalk.

They'll then decide whether to transfer the propane to another truck before hauling the tanker away.

The evacuations included 45 county jail inmates who were sent to neighboring Allegany County.


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