Tanker driver charged in I-83 accident, hazmat spill

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A man has been charged after overturning a tanker truck and causing a hazmat spill on Interstate 83 in southern York County on Saturday.

Both southbound lanes and one northbound lane were closed for hours Saturday, Dec. 2.

Charles Hopson, 77, of Laurel, Maryland, was charged with failing to drive on roadways laned for traffic after a tanker truck he was operating overturned on the off-ramp of Exit 8 in Springfield Township, according to a news release from Pennsylvania State Police.

Police said Hopson was driving north on I-83 in the right lane just before 6 a.m. when his truck left his lane, hit the end of a guard rail on the off ramp of Exit 8, went down an embankment and across two lanes of the off ramp, then went up another embankment. The tanker detached and overturned, and it started leaking liquid oxygen.

The crash prompted a stretch of the highway between the Shrewsbury and Loganville exits to close, according to the state Department of Transportation. Several of the lanes re-opened at 4 p.m., more than 10 hours after the incident occurred.

No other vehicles were involved, but Hopson suffered minor injuries and was transported to York Hospital, a news release states.

State police were assisted by York County Hazmat, multiple fire departments and Glen Rock EMS.