|March 19, 2012 This morning we were called by Lancaster County Wide Communications requesting us to respond
immediately to a serious commercial motor vehicle accident on Lincoln Highway in the area of Mount Vernon Road. We
were requested to respond with two heavy wreckers to assist with the stabilization and extrication of the trapped victims.
We immediately dispatched both of our heavy duty sliding rotators along with a recovery supervisor who was in the area.
Upon arrival of the recovery supervisor, he met with the scene commander, at which time we were requested to prepare
to winch the tractor trailer clear of the pick-up in which the one patient was heavily trapped in, and to stabilize the
overturned box truck with the second heavy duty sliding rotator. Both rotators arrived and were rigged to perform their
Once the trucks were stabilized, the trapped patient in the pick-up was able to safely be removed from the truck. Once
all patients were in the care of EMS, Null's crew members stood by while PSP Investigators completed their initial
While standing by for PSP to turn the scene over to Null's, a scene survey was performed. A Volvo tractor with an empty
53' van trailer which had been travelling westbound was found to have been involved in a collision with a F-150 pick-up
truck pushing it into a partially loaded International box truck. All three units left the roadway. At some point, the
International box truck overturned. The three units came to rest off the roadway with the Volvo tractor on top of the
F-150 and the box truck was laying on its side with the front of the truck into a structure with major structural damage.
Part of the roof of the structure was on top of the cab portion of the box truck. There was also a major fluid spill from the
At that point, an additional heavy duty wrecker was dispatched to the scene along with Null's Recovery & Site
Restoration (NR&SR) so that once PSP turned the scene over to Null's, we could immediately begin the recovery so the
major east/west roadway could be reopened as soon as possible. A short time later PSP turned the scene back over to
Null's. At that point Null's crews began the task of clearing the wreckage from the scene.
Once scene was turned over to Null's, NR&SR applied absorbents to the large fluid spill from the tractor trailer both on
and off the roadway. Personnel from NR&SR along with Tier Environmental worked to clear the fluid spill from the
roadway and the yard of the business in which the truck came to rest in. One heavy duty sliding rotator was rigged to
hold the box truck in position while the tractor trailer and pick-up were removed from under the box truck. Extreme
caution had to be used as the box was torn from the truck and the truck was very unstable. Once the tractor trailer and
pick-up were removed from under the box truck, one of the heavy duty sliding rotators was used to lift the tractor portion
of the tractor trailer off of the pick-up truck. The tractor trailer was then hooked to one of our heavy wreckers and
moved from the immediate accident scene so a DOT Inspection could be completed. The pick-up truck was then loaded
onto one of our rollbacks and secured.
One of the heavy duty sliding rotator was then used to lift the roof of the building off of the cab of the truck. Once the
roof was clear of the truck, straps were placed around the box of the truck. One of the heavy duty sliding rotators then
slowly lifted the still partially loaded truck upright. While being uprighted the heavy duty sliding rotator winched the truck
out of the structure so no further damage would be caused. Once the truck was upright, the rigging was removed from
the truck. Two of the heavy duty sliding rotators then lifted the truck off of the stonewall and rotated the truck back onto
the roadway. Once on the roadway, the box truck was hooked behind one of Null's wreckers. The box truck was then
moved out of the immediate accident scene to be prepared for transport from the scene.
All vehicles were then transported from the accident scene to Null's of Cochranville.
A HUGE THANKS TO THE GAP, PARADISE LEAMAN PLACE, NEW HOLLAND, AND
WHITE HORSE FIRE DEPARTMENTS FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE AT THE SCENE ALONG
WITH ALL THE MUTUAL AID FIRE POLICE.