|August 29, 2018
Approximate time: 0949
Weather Conditions: Hot
Contacted by the Pennsylvania State Police requesting us to respond to Route 41 in the area of Robinson Lane for a
serious commercial motor vehicle accident. The accident was involving a Freightliner tractor pulling a spread axle
flatbed that was loaded with live chickens, a Chevy Malibu, and a Ford F-350 work truck pulling a roofers buggy. The
crates containing the chickens shifted from the impact.
One of our recovery supervisors was on the scene and requested that one of our heavy duty sliding rotator recovery
units, one of our heavy duty wreckers, three rollbacks, and Null's Recovery & Site Restoration were dispatched to the
scene. Once our equipment arrived onscene, we stood by for approximately 15 minutes for PSP to finish marking and
photographing the accident scene.
Once we were given the go ahead, NR&SR worked to pick up the chickens from the roadway and handle the fluids that
were leaking from the truck. Truck C24 worked to winch the roofing buggy sideways away from the front of the tractor
trailer. C25 worked to load the Ford pick-up truck. C24 and C25 both transported back to our facility. C21's operator
assisted R6 and S13's operators.
The heavy duty sliding rotator was moved into position to lift the front of the tractor and rotate it back onto the roadway.
Rigging was connected to the front wheels of the truck. The rotator was set-up on a work platform, the boom rotated
clockwise. The main boom winch lines were hooked to the rigging that had been put in place. The front of the truck was
lifted and the tractor rotated back parallel with the roadway. The heavy duty wrecker then backed into position to hook
to the front of the tractor trailer unit while the rotator held it. Air was supplied to the tractor trailer's air system. The
rotator then unhooked from the tractor trailer unit. The heavy duty wrecker towed the unit from the accident scene to our
facility so it could be weighed and the trailer inspected by DOT.
The rotator was returned to travel position, the rotator operator remained onscene to assist with cleaning up the
roadway. C21 then loaded the car and transported it from the accident scene to the State Police Barracks.
Once at our facility, the tractor trailer was placed on the scales and unhooked. Once the weight was obtained, the
wrecker re-hooked to the tractor trailer and moved it off the scales. The truck and trailer were than separated. The
tractor was placed in our secure storage yard. The trailer was repowered. Our personnel and forklift assisted with
re-working the load so that the damaged crates could be made safe for transport on the trailer.
We are very thankful to report that there were no serious injuries in this crash despite the
amount of damage the vehicles involved sustained.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE COCHRANVILLE FIRE COMPANY FOR THEIR HELP
ONSCENE AND TO ALL OF THE MUTUAL AIDE FIRE POLICE UNITS FOR THEIR HELP
WITH TRAFFIC CONTROL! AS ALWAYS, IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.