While national statistics show that few fatalities have resulted from the transport of hazardous materials considering the millions of miles trucks travel hauling them, many Washington, D.C. area AAA spokesmen, police and fire officials, and truckers interviewed for this article believe that the regular bumper-to-bumper traffic on Washington's 62-mile Capital Beltway, the road's poor condition, and the relative lack of enforcement of posted speed limits against truckers make the Beltway more dangerous than it needs to be. The article cites steps locally and nationally to reduce the risks and describes an accident in October 1983 where a propylene tanker truck overturned and a major disaster was averted because the tank happened not to rupture.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Washington Post Company

    1150 15th Street NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20003
  • Authors:
    • Meyer, L
  • Publication Date: 1984-3-4

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  • Accession Number: 00382988
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 30 1984 12:00AM