|March 27, 2017
Approximate time: 0646
Weather Conditions: Rain
Contacted by the Pennsylvania State Police Lancaster Barracks requesting us to respond to Lincoln Highway between
Umbletown Road and Old Highway in Salisbury Township for an accident involving a loaded tractor trailer. We were
advised that the unit was reported to be 78,000 pounds and hauling municipal solid waste.
One of our recovery supervisors was in the area and was reporting that it was a Freightliner tractor with major front end
damage, a fluid spill, and a large debris field from the collision. He requested that we dispatch a heavy duty wrecker,
truck tractor, rollback, and contact Null's Recovery & Site Restoration to respond to the scene with one of their dump
trailers and one of their Incident Response Units.
The tractor trailer unit had been travelling westbound and came to rest completely across all lanes of the highway.
Traffic was currently being routed through the accident scene one direction at a time utilizing the westbound shoulder of
Upon arrival, the heavy duty wrecker immediately went to work hooking to the front of the damaged tractor trailer unit.
Air was supplied to the truck's air system to allow the brakes to be released. The truck was secured to the axle lift of the
wrecker. Secondary attachments were installed.
The Investigating Trooper advised that the PSP DOT Inspection Officer was onscene and would be escorting us to our
facility to perform an inspection on the unit.
The truck's hood was loaded onto one of our rollbacks and secured.
The truck and trailer were moved out of the middle of the highway.
Once out of the middle of the highway, the truck and trailer were separated. The driveline on the tractor was removed,
the main driveshaft from the transmission to the front drive axle was welded in and could not be removed. The
driveshaft between the front and rear drive axles was able to be removed. The front drive axle was chained up so that it
was suspended off of the roadway. Wireless towlights were installed. The loose truck parts were secured to or removed
from the truck.
Our truck tractor hooked to the trailer.
Our personnel assisted NR&SR along with Paradise Custom's with cleaning up the roadway and loading the vehicle
The smaller vehicle parts and debris were loaded into NR&SR's dump trailer.
The truck, trailer, and parts were transported from the accident scene to Null's of Cochranville.
Once at our facility, assist PSP with performing a DOT inspection on the unit.
The truck parts were unloaded from the rollback and NR&SR's dump trailer and placed in our secure storage area.
Once the inspection was complete, the unit was placed in our secure storage facility.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE GAP FIRE COMPANY VOLUNTEERS FOR
ALL OF THEIR HELP ONSCENE WITH CLEAN-UP, TRAFFIC CONTROL,
AND SCENE SAFETY!