|February 16, 2016
Approximate time: 1519
Weather conditions: Clear
Called by the Pennsylvania State Police Lancaster Barracks to respond to Lincoln Highway and Singer Ave in Paradise
Township for a vehicle accident involving a box truck with a 26 foot trailer that was overturned and completely blocking
the roadway. With the information that was given, we immediately dispatched two of our heavy duty sliding rotator
recovery units, one of our medium duty rollbacks and contacted Null's Recovery and Site Restoration requesting that
they respond to assist on the scene.
Upon arrival, a Hino box truck that was partially loaded was found to have apparently been travelling eastbound on
Lincoln Highway when it was involved in a collision with a pick-up truck at the intersection of Lincoln Highway and Singer
Ave. The collision caused parts from both the box truck and the pick-up truck to cover the roadway.
The force of the impact caused the back axle of the box truck to be compromised.
The box truck overturned and continued sliding eastbound through the yard of the Paradise Bible Fellowship Church
causing dirt to be thrown across their parking lot.
The truck then struck a utility pole, the pole cut through the truck's box. The pole snapped, however it was being
supported by the box truck.
There was still power to the pole and all of the surrounding structures.
We were advised that PPL had a representative onscene and that they had additional equipment enroute.
There was oil and coolant that had spilled from the truck. There was an active diesel fuel leak that the fire department
had partially contained, however the leak was preparing to breach the dam that they had set-up.
Our lead operator met with the PPL representative who was on-scene. He advised that his preliminary assessment led
him to believe that they would stabilize the pole while the box truck was removed from around the pole and uprighted.
PPL confirmed that the power was still on and that we should stay clear of the truck until the rest of their crews arrived to
secure the situation.
While awaiting the arrival of the remainder of PPL's equipment, our personnel assisted NR&SR with working to contain
the spill, clean-up the vehicle parts, and clean the dirt out of the church parking lot.
Once PPL arrived, our lead operator again met with PPL.
At this point, they advised that they were going to straighten the pole and put temporary bracing in place. Once the
bracing was in placed they wanted the back of the truck's box cut away from the truck itself so that the truck could easily
be removed from the area where the pole was without causing any risk of the pole being touched.
Our lead operator met with our crew and NRSR's crew to discuss the requested actions. Our crews ran through the
proposed recovery plan and determined that we would be able to perform the removal of the truck in the manner in
which PPL was requesting.
Once PPL had the pole stabilized, our crew was given the go ahead to begin the removal of the truck as requested.
Due to the fuel leak, it was determined that the fuel tanks needed to be pumped prior to any cutting being done on the
The fuel tanks were drilled and pumped by NRSR.
The batteries on the truck were then disconnected.
Our crew, NRSR's crew, and PPL worked closely together as the back of the truck was cut off. The box truck was
stabilized by one of the heavy duty sliding rotator recovery units while the box was being cut.
The fire department stood by with two charged hose lines as a precautionary measure while the box was being cut.
Once the back of the box was cut, one of the heavy duty sliding rotator recovery units slowly winched the box truck's
chassis and front half of the box away from the pole and onto the roadway.
The two heavy duty sliding rotator recovery units then worked to upright the truck.
Due to all of the PPL trucks onsite for stabilizing the pole, our crews were faced with very tight working conditions.
While the heavy duty sliding rotators worked to upright the box truck, the rollback worked to winch the back portion of
the box away from the pole and load it onto the rollback.
Once the box was loaded onto the rollback, it was secured. All of the large truck parts were loaded onto the rollback
Rigging was connected to the front and the back of the severely damaged box truck to ensure that the remainder of the
load stayed in the truck and was not further damaged. The truck was slowly uprighted and set back onto its wheels.
Once the truck was upright, the rigging was removed, inspected, and returned to its respective location.
The heavy duty sliding rotator recovery unit at the back of the truck then picked the back of the truck up and set it into
the westbound lane so that the rotator could hook to the back of it to tow it from the scene.
Both rotators were returned to travel position.
One of our light towers were set-up to provide scene lighting as it was starting to get dark.
One of the rotators then hooked to the back of the truck and prepared to tow it from the accident scene. The box had to
be secured as it was severely compromised.
Our crews continued to work to assist NRSR with cleaning up the fluid spills along with the truck parts.
Once the fluids were cleaned from the roadway and the vehicle parts were cleaned from the scene, our units cleared the
The box truck and portion of the box that had been cut off were transported from the accident scene to Null's of
Once at Null's, both the truck and box section were placed in our secure storage yard.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE PARADISE LEAMAN PLACE FIRE COMPANY FOR THEIR
A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE FIRE POLICE AGENCIES INVOLVED WITH
RE-ROUTING TRAFFIC FOR THIS INCIDENT!