|June 27, 2018
Approximate time: 0519
Weather Conditions: Clear
Contacted to respond to Route 10 north of Friendship Church Road for a serious commercial motor vehicle accident.
We were advised that a SUV and a tractor trailer had been involved in a collision and that the tractor trailer was
overturned with it's load spilled on the roadway.
One of our supervisors was onscene and advised it was a framed style dump trailer being pulled by a Freightliner tractor
and a Honda SUV both with major damage. He advised that the tractor trailer was on it's side completely blocking the
roadway and that the load was spilled over an approximate 500' stretch of the roadway. He also advised that the tractor
trailer had an active fuel leak and hydraulic leak.
He requested that we immediately dispatch two of our heavy duty sliding rotators, a truck tractor, and our skid steer
loader to the scene. Additionally, he requested Null's Recovery & Site Restoration to respond with one of their Incident
Response Units and equipment to assist with cleaning up and transporting the spilled load from the scene.
As our equipment began to arrive onscene, we were advised by PSP that they may be reconstructing the scene but
were given the go ahead to contain the fluids that were leaking from the truck and trailer. Our personnel worked with
NR&SR to contain the fluids that were leaking from the truck unit. At this point, two of our rotators and our skid steer
loader were onscene along with NR&SR. The equipment that was not yet onscene was placed on stand-by at our facility.
After a short amount of time, we were given the go ahead to begin cleaning up the load on the south side of the truck
and trailer. Our equipment and personnel that was on stand-by was then dispatched to the scene. We worked with
NR&SR's equipment and personnel to clean the load from the roadway and load it into dumps for transport from the
It was requested that the wheels on the tractor not be allowed to turn for investigative purposes. At that point, our
Landoll trailer was dispatched to the scene.
During the clean-up process, we were given the go ahead to separate the trailer from the truck and upright the trailer so
that further investigation could be done by the investigators.
The two heavy duty sliding rotator recovery units worked together to disconnect the trailer from the truck. Straps were
placed around the trailer. The trailer was lifted straight up off of the ground. Once off of the ground, the trailer was
rotated in mid air back to an upright position. The trailer was then rotated from being perpendicular with the roadway to
being parallel with the roadway. Once on the roadway, our tractor was hooked to the trailer. The tarp system was
strapped on the trailer. The parts on the back of the trailer that were broke loose were secured.
Once the investigators finished marking and measuring the tractor portion of the unit, we were given the go ahead to
upright the tractor and load it on the Landoll for transport from the scene. One of the rotators worked to upright the
tractor and lower it back to it's wheels. Once on its wheels, the tractor was lifted straight up into the air, rotated out of
the field, and set onto the Landoll trailer. The tractor was secured to the Landoll. The hood and other large truck parts
were loaded onto the Landoll and secured for transport.
The rigging that was utilized during the recovery was loaded into one of NR&SR's dump trailers to be transported back
to our facility for cleaning and inspection.
We then worked with NR&SR to continue cleaning up the spilled load and fluids that had leaked from the truck and
Once the scene was returned to pre-accident conditions, the roadway was washed down and the scene turned over to
PennDot for repairs to the damaged guard rail. The truck and trailer were transported to Null's of Cochranville. Once at
Null's, the trailer was DOT inspected. The tractor was lifted off of the Landoll trailer and set into our secure storage yard.
The tractor was then tarped. The large truck parts were placed with the truck.
All of the rigging and equipment that were used onscene was washed of the brewers grain to prevent any molding. The
equipment was allowed to dry and then placed back in its respective location.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE COCHRANVILLE FIRE COMPANY ALONG WITH
ALL OF THE MUTUAL AIDE FIRE POLICE UNITS FOR THEIR HELP WITH
TRAFFIC CONTROL DURING THIS INCIDENT. AS ALWAYS IT IS GREATLY