At 12:45pm Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Co. was dispatched for a reported accident with rollover involving a tractor trailer on Forrest Avenue at Interstate 83. Rescue Squad 61, Engine 61-2 and Utility 61 responded. On arrival personnel found a tractor trailer on it’s side blocking Rt 851. Chief 61 (Myers) set up “Shrewsbury Command” and personnel began investigating and checking for hazards. The driver was found out of the vehicle with complaints of leg pain. He was evaluated by Rose EMS and then refused transport to a hospital.
Station 61 personnel immediately began containing fluids that were leaking from the truck, establishing a safe path for traffic to use around the accident and talking with police on how the situation will be handled. Traffic control was a major issue as this is a primary route of travel. Traffic on interstate 83 and Rt 851 will be compromised by this incident. Discussion was held with PennDot representatives as well as PA State Police on re-routing traffic. Gordon’s Towing was contacted to bring their heavy wreckers and other equipment to the scene to get the overturned truck back on it’s wheels and remove it.
The truck’s trailer had to be unloaded before it could be put back on it’s wheels. The truck was carrying lead ingots. To accomplish the off loading and then lift the truck Ry 851 and the NB off ramp of Interstate 83 had to be shut down. Once this was done machinery was used to off load the truck. Using two heavy wreckers the tractor trailer was put back on it’s wheels. All debris and fluids were cleared from the roadway and the wrecked truck was towed out.
All roadways were re-opened just after 4:00 pm. All fire department and police units cleared the scene.
A note to motorists: We understand the frustration that occurs when roads are closed and your route of travel is changed. The fire department, towing agencies and police do everything they can to keep traffic flowing and get you to where you want to go. Sometimes roads must be completely blocked. Keep in mind it is illegal to pass a roadblock and drive into a secured area. Drivers who do this face charges by the police agency on location. Shrewsbury Volunteers asks that you obey instructions from fire police or other agencies (PennDot) and use the detours set up. Driving past emergency services vehicles because you don’t feel you have to be detoured places workers in danger. Remember, it is also an offense you can be charged with. Please obey all instructions by personnel directing traffic and know as soon as possible roadways will be opened for you to use. Thank you for working with us to keep accident scenes safe for all workers on site.