|February 13, 2018
Approximate time: 1246
Weather Conditions: Clear
Contacted by the Pennsylvania State Police Avondale Barracks requesting us to respond to Route 10 and Friendship Church
Road in Highland Township for an accident involving a loaded tractor trailer. One of our heavy duty sliding rotators, one of our
trucks tractors, and Null's Recovery & Site Restoration were dispatched to the scene.
Upon arrival, a Kenworth tractor pulling a 48' spread axle flatbed loaded with palletized bags of Scott's Company products was
found to have been travelling northbound on Route 10. As it was approaching the intersection of Friendship Church Road, a
tractor trailer travelling southbound on Route 10, lost part of it's load of hay bales. Several of the bales came over into the
northbound lanes, striking the front end of the Kenworth tractor trailer unit. This caused major damage to the Kenworth tractor
causing the driver to lose his steering. The unit veered across the center line, striking a Dodge truck pulling a concrete
pumper that had been following the southbound hay truck. The Kenworth tractor trailer unit continued across the southbound
lane, coming to rest with the tractor portion off the roadway, up an embankment, on the northwest corner of the intersection.
The trailer portion of the unit was blocking the southbound lanes. There was oil leaking out of the engine compartment of the
tractor trailer unit.
Based on the location of the tractor trailer, an additional heavy duty wrecker was requested to the scene to assist with
recovering the unit back onto the roadway.
The heavy duty sliding rotator recovery unit was set-up on a work platform at the front of the tractor trailer unit. The boom was
rotated clockwise and extended out over top of the Kenworth's hood. Rigging was connected to the truck's frame. The rotator
lifted the front end of the Kenworth off of the ground. The front axle was secured in place. Air was supplied to the unit so that
the brakes could be released. The heavy duty wrecker hooked to the rear of the trailer.
The rotator and the wrecker worked together to bring the unit off of the embankment and back onto the roadway. Once on the
roadway, the truck and trailer were separated. The heavy duty wrecker hooked to the front of the Kenworth tractor and
prepared to tow it from the accident scene. Our truck tractor hooked to the loaded trailer.
Our personnel assisted Null's Recovery & Site Restoration with cleaning the oil that had leaked from the truck from the scene.
The damaged tractor and trailer were towed from the accident scene to Null's of Cochranville. The damaged tractor was
placed in our secure storage yard.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE PSP TROOPERS FOR THEIR HELP WITH
SCENE SAFETY AND TRAFFIC CONTROL, ALONG WITH CROSS BAR AND
GREEN VALLEY FARMS FOR THEIR HELP WITH CLEARING THE HAY
FROM THE ROADWAY!