March 3, 2020
Approximate time: 0017
Weather Conditions: Heavy rain
Contacted by PSP Avondale to respond to Route 272 and McCoury Road in East Nottingham Township for a vehicle
accident involving a tractor trailer and a SUV. We were advised that the tractor trailer was empty and that the roadway
was completely blocked.
Based upon the information we were given, we dispatched one of our heavy duty sliding rotator recovery units, and a
tractor to repower the trailer to the scene. We also contacted Null’s Recovery & Site Restoration to respond to the
Upon arrival, a Freightliner tractor pulling a live chicken trailer, which was empty, was found to have been travelling
northbound on Route 272 from Barnsley Road towards Route 1 when a Scion SUV reportedly attempted to pass the
tractor trailer and lost control. The vehicle spun out in front of the tractor trailer causing the tractor trailer to jack knife.
Both vehicles left the roadway. The SUV was pushed into a utility pole. The tractor trailer continued northbound in a
jack knifed position and came to rest completely blocking the roadway.
We were requested to stand-by while PECO responded to the scene to ensure that the scene was safe due to the
damages to the utility.
Once PECO arrived, they gave us the go ahead to begin the work of removing the tractor and trailer from the roadway.
The rotator had to back in to the scene passed the back log of traffic which could not pass due to the tractor trailer
completely blocking the roadway. Once at the scene, the rotator was set-up on a work platform. The boom was rotated
and slid to the back. Rigging was connected to the front of the trailer. The rotator lifted the trailer and disconnected it
from the tractor. Once the trailer’s king pin was clear of the tractor’s fifth wheel, the tractor was winched sideways out
from under the trailer. Once clear of the truck, the trailer, the trailer was lowered onto it’s landing gear.
The rotator then hooked to the back of the tractor, lifted it, and set it back into the roadway so that the rotator could
hook to it and prepare to tow it from the scene. The rotator was returned to travel position. All of the rigging was
removed and returned to its respective location. The rotator then hooked to the back of the tractor and prepared to tow
it from the scene. All of the loose truck parts were secured. The truck was moved from the immediate area.
Our tractor then was moved into position to hook to the trailer and move it from the immediate area. Once the truck and
trailer were both moved, we worked to assist NR&SR with cleaning the vehicle parts, dirt, and debris from the roadway.
Once the roadway was cleared, the damaged truck and trailer were transported from the accident scene to Null’s of
Cochranville, where they were both placed in our secure storage yard.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE UNION FIRE COMPANY #1 OF OXFORD FOR
THEIR HELP WITH TRAFFIC CONTROL DURING THIS INCIDENT.
AS ALWAYS, IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!