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By Jessica M. McRorie, Staff Writer

1/11/05

SADSBURY -- It took three hours for emergency personnel to extricate a man killed in a mid-morning tractor-trailer accident Monday.

A call for the accident involving two tractor-trailers went out at 9:41 a.m., said Dave Reynolds, deputy fire chief of the Sadsburyville Fire Company.

When emergency personnel arrived at the intersection of Route 30 and Compass Road, one driver was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other driver sustained only minor injuries.

Around 1 p.m., there were more than a dozen emergency vehicles and tow trucks at the scene.

"This would be one of the most serious accidents we have had in the township in five years," said Reynolds.

According to Reynolds, the man who sustained minor injuries was driving a flat bed truck east on Route 30 and was in the process of making a left turn onto Compass Road, when the truck was struck from the rear by another tractor-trailer.

The driver of the other truck died after the impact, he said.

Steel pipes and other goods stacked on the flat-bed truck spilled onto a portion of the roadway after the accident twisted the bed 90 degrees. The other truck, which was white, sustained severe damage to the cab.

Route 30 westbound was shut down near the accident and only one lane of east bound traffic was allowed to pass. At noon, Reynolds estimated that it would be about four hours before the debris and the trucks could be cleared and the roadway reopened.

Sadsbury Police Sgt. Jerry Ranck said the names of the drivers were being withheld pending the notification of family members. He declined to comment on the accident, other than it’s location and that one person was confirmed dead.

"It’s still under investigation," said Ranck.

While emergency personnel worked to clear piles of metal and broken wood from the roadway, Donna Troupe, an employee of Harlan Motors located across the road, stood behind yellow police tape.

Troupe said she heard the accident from inside the business and ran outside and immediately called 911.

"It sounded like a bomb. It was very loud," said Troupe.

Smoke poured from the white truck while people gathered around the truck’s cab to help the man inside, she said. Police dispatchers told her to keep people away from the truck until emergency personnel arrived, she said.

Jolene Baum, of Coatesville, was heading west on Route 30 and was only three cars behind when the accident occurred.

"The white truck plowed into him and pushed him this far," said Baum, motioning toward just east of where Compass Road ends and Route 30 begins. "And the white truck couldn’t stop fast enough."

Baum said it appeared the driver was not using his breaks at all or very little. The impact sounded like "metal crushing, glass popping," she said. "And then all you saw was a big cloud of smoke."

Baum watched as fire and ambulance personnel worked to free the man’s body from the cab of the truck.

"I would hate to be on the other end of that phone call, calling his family," said Baum.

Baum, whose father also drives a white tractor-trailer truck, immediately called her family after the accident to find out where he was. It turned out he was fine.

"My heart was in my toes," said Baum.

Troupe said she has seen several accidents occur at the intersection, which is often patrolled by police. When she leaves work to drive home, she said turning onto Route 30 from Compass Road can take waiting anywhere from five to 10 minutes.

"Everybody says they should have a light here," she said.

But the traffic light at the next intersection west of the intersection doesn’t seem to slow drivers down, she said.

İDaily Local News 2005

 

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