|October 4, 2017
Approximate time: 0808
Weather Conditions Fog
Contacted by the Pennsylvania State Police Lancaster Barracks requesting us to respond to Route 472 and Noble Road
in Colerain Township for a box truck that had been involved in an accident. A photo was immediately obtained from the
scene showing Hino box truck that had major front end damage, up an embankment in a field with a large debris field.
Based on the information and the photo, we immediately dispatched one of our heavy duty sliding rotator recovery units,
a medium duty unit, and contacted Null's Recovery & Site Restoration to the scene.
Upon arrival, our lead operator met with the fire police and the investigating Trooper. He then met with the driver of the
truck. It was found that the truck was hauling a load of electronics and medical supplies.
A scene survey was performed. A Lexus sedan had pulled out of the stop sign colliding with the box truck. The collision
caused major damage to both vehicles. The Lexus spun across the roadway and came to rest on the northwest corner
of the intersection. The force of the impact ripped the steering axle loose from under the box truck. The Hino box truck
left the roadway on the northeast corner, struck an embankment, travelled up the embankment, through a high tensile
electric fence, and came to rest with the front end of the truck in a meadow. The back end of the truck was at the edge
of the roadway. The truck's fuel tank was resting on a rock that was sticking out of the embankment. The truck's front
axle was pushed back into the battery box and DPF box. There were vehicle parts scattered through the scene. The
fire department had swept the travel lanes so that traffic could flow through the accident scene.
It was determined that the box truck could be recovered from the location it was in via Noble Road and the Northbound
shoulder of Route 472, thus allowing traffic to flow on Route 472. The heavy duty sliding rotator recovery unit was
positioned at the front of the box truck on the shoulder of the roadway. It was set-up on a work platform. The boom was
rotated counter clockwise, the mast was slid back, and the boom extended. Rigging was connected from the two main
winch lines to rigging which was connected to the truck's frame rails. The front axle was chained in place. The medium
duty unit was positioned at the rear of the box truck and rigged to winch the truck back onto the roadway while the
rotator lifted the fuel tank and front end of the truck off the ground. The two units worked together to bring the truck
back onto the shoulder of the roadway. Once on the shoulder of the roadway, the rotator was returned to travel position.
The rotator then hooked to the front end of the box truck. The truck was moved from the shoulder of the roadway to a
parking lot across the intersection so that it could be prepped to be towed from the scene. The medium duty truck was
returned to a ready state.
Our operators assisted NR&SR with cleaning up the shoulder of the roadway, then embankment, and the meadow. Once
that was completed, the truck was prepped to be towed from the scene. The driveline was removed, wireless towlights
were installed. The loose truck parts were secured.
Our equipment then cleared the scene, the truck was towed to Null's of Cochranville.
Once at our Cochranville location, there was a representative onsite from the shipper. He advised that another truck
was enroute for the cargo. Arrangements were made so that the cargo could be off-loaded from the damaged truck and
placed into a replacement truck. The damaged truck was placed at our loading dock, the cargo was removed and
placed into the replacement truck.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE QUARRYVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT FOR
THEIR HELP WITH CLEAN-UP PRIOR TO OUR ARRIVAL, AND TO THE
QUARRYVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT FIRE POLICE FOR THEIR HELP
WITH TRAFFIC CONTROL AND SCENE SAFETY!