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Tractor trailer accident with major spill in Manheim Twp.

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August 20, 2021
Approximate time: 1541
Weather Conditions: Clear

Contacted to respond to Route 283 eastbound at the on ramp from Route 72 to assist Wayne’s Towing & Recovery at the scene of a tractor trailer accident with a large spill. We were advised that the tractor portion had heavy front end damage, the trailer appeared to have minimal damage. There were fluids spill from the point of impact to the point where the truck came to rest, approximately 1,000′ away.

Based upon the information we were given, one of our heavy duty recovery supervisors, one of our truck tractors, our street sweeper, and Null’s Recovery & Site Restoration for their Incident Response Unit were dispatched to the scene. Due to rush hour traffic, and the high traffic volume on Route 283, NR&SR also dispatched their attenuator truck to assist with traffic control and scene safety.

Upon arrival, Null’s crews worked with WTR crews to contain and clean-up the spill. The attenuator truck was set-up at the bottom of the ramp at the direction of the police department. Our heavy duty recovery supervisor served as the scene coordinator to ensure all aspects of the recovery and clean-up were handled. We assisted WTR with hooking to the front of the severely damaged tractor, the front axle was torn loose from the impact. There were still fluids leaking from the truck.

The driveline was disconnected and air was supplied to the unit. The truck and trailer were separated. Our tractor hooked to the trailer. The truck and trailer were moved from the immediate area so that crews could continue working to clean up the spill.

Due to the extreme back-log of traffic during the rush hour commute, crews focused on clearing one lane at a time so that more lanes could be re-opened as the clean-up progressed.

Once the clean-up was completed, the road sweeper was reloaded for transport back to our facility. The damaged tractor and trailer were both transported to our Cochranville facility where they were placed in our secure storage yard.