Loaded sea container overturned in Gap.
July 14, 2021
Approximate time: 0826
Weather Conditions: Clear
Contacted to respond to Newport Road and Lincoln Highway in Salisbury Township for a loaded tractor trailer that was overturned. Based upon the information that we were given, we dispatched our three heavy duty sliding rotator recovery units to the scene. We also contacted Null’s Recovery & Site Restoration to respond for traffic control and their incident response unit.
Upon arrival, a Freightliner tractor pulling a loaded 40′ sea container loaded with electronics was found to have partially overturned. The container was laying on the passenger side with the rear of the chassis still attached. The chassis was severely twisted. The tractor’s frame was twisted. The tractor was still upright. One of the rear pins was compromised on the chassis.
It was determined that the container would need to be separated the remainder of the way from the chassis. At that point, our Landoll trailer was dispatched to the scene.
One of the rotators was moved into position to stabilize the chassis so that our crew could begin the process of separating the chassis and the container. Once stabilized, NR&SR assisted us with cutting the compromised lock on the chassis. Once the lock was cut the chassis was pulled away from the container and lowered back to an upright position. The rotator was returned to travel position, the truck and trailer were moved from the immediate area to be prepared to be towed from the scene.
The other two rotators moved into position to lift the loaded container and load it onto the Landoll trailer for transport from the scene. Due to the unknown layout of the cargo, it was decided to transport the container from the scene on it’s side. The container was set onto the Landoll trailer and secured for transport from the scene. The rotators were returned to travel position. The truck and trailer were prepared to be towed from the scene.
All three pieces were transported from the accident scene to Null’s of Cochranville were they were placed in our storage yard.
Two of the rotators were used to lift the container off of the Landoll. Once lifted, the container was returned to an upright position and set onto the ground. There was a hole in the side of the container from the impact with the guard rail that was covered with plastic wrapping in order to protect the cargo.