|September 15, 2018
Approximate time: 1000
Weather Conditions: Clear
Contacted by Lancaster County Wide Communications on behalf of East Lampeter/Upper Leacock Township Police
requesting us to respond to Graybill Road in the area of the rail road tracks for a tractor trailer that had been struck by
a train and was reported to be ripped in half with half of the trailer several hundred feet down the tracks. Photos were
also obtained from the scene.
Based upon the information we were given and the photos, we immediately dispatched the following equipment:
Two of our heavy duty sliding rotator recovery units
Our lowboy trailer
Our Landoll trailer
Our tracked skid steer loader equipped with a grapple bucket and other attachments, which was loaded onto one of our
medium duty rollbacks
Additionally, we contacted Null's Recovery & Site Restoration to respond with one of their Incident Response Units,
service truck, and mini excavator, which was loaded onto the Landoll trailer for transport to the scene.
Upon arrival, a 2003 Kenworth W-900 tractor pulling a 1998 Manac van trailer was found to have been travelling south
on Graybill Road when it was struck by an eastbound freight train. The force of the impact, broke the trailer in half. The
front half of the trailer stayed attached to the tractor while the back half of the trailer got carried down the tracks
approximately 300' before coming to rest perpendicular to the tracks in a creek. The Kenworth tractor and front half of
the trailer were blocking Graybill Road.
A complete scene survey was performed. Our personnel met with the police, fire, and rail officials onscene. A recovery
plan was established. It was determined that the tractor and the front half of the trailer would be moved off of the
roadway to a nearby parking lot so that it could be separated from the tractor and the necessary alterations be made so
that it could be lifted and set onto the lowboy trailer.
One of the rotators was placed in a parking lot along side the railroad tracks beside where the back half of the trailer
came to rest. It was set-up on a work platform. The boom was rotated counter clockwise. Rigging was connected to the
back half of the trailer. The back half of the trailer was lifted out of the creek, up the embankment, and clear of the rail
tracks. It was then rotated and set onto the parking lot behind the rotator. While this was being done, crews worked to
remove the trailer parts and debris from the rail-bed, creek, and embankment. Alterations were made to the rear half of
the trailer so that it could be safely loaded and transported from the scene.
One of the rotators was set-up in the parking lot which the tractor and front half of the trailer had been moved to, it lifted
the trailer, separated it from the tractor and held it while the landing gear was removed by NR&SR. The front half of the
trailer was then set onto the lowboy and secured for transport. The large trailer parts and debris were loaded onto our
trailers and secured for transport.
Once all of the trailer parts and debris were picked up from the scene, our equipment cleared the scene. The severely
damaged trailer was transported from the accident scene to Null's of Cochranville. Once at our facility, both halves of
the trailer were unloaded off of our trailers.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE BAREVILLE FIRE COMPANY, EAST LAMPETER
TOWNSHIP POLICE, NORFOLK SOUTHERN RAIL, AND THE NEARBY RESIDENCE FOR
BEING SO GREAT TO WORK WITH WHILE WE CLEANED UP THIS INCIDENT.
ALSO A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR TEAM FOR GIVING UP THEIR SATURDAY TO
CLEAR THE ROADWAY, THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO TO HELP MAKE US TEAM NULLS!