Fuel tanker almost strikes bridge in Seven Valleys

A fuel tanker almost hit the bridge in Seven Valleys last week, again highlighting the need to do something about this span.

The driver was visibly shaken, Michael Malone of North Codorus Township wrote in an email. The driver even made the remark to the effect of “One stupid spark would have been all it needed!”

Firefighters with the Community Fire Company of  Seven Valleys helped the rig turn around, Malone said.

Officials have proposed several ideas, such as prohibiting truck traffic in Seven Valleys except for local deliveries and installing a sign that says, “If you hit this sign, you will hit the bridge.”

Malone shared photos of what happened last week.

“I hope they can do something about the trestle there,” Malone said during a phone call.

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5 Responses to Fuel tanker almost strikes bridge in Seven Valleys

  1. Jim McClure says:

    Check out other instances in Seven Valleys where trains and the railroad caused crashes: http://tinyurl.com/75pajdd.

  2. Twilly says:

    We were extremely lucky on this one – skilled CDL driver knew he couldn’t make it without striking the overpass….. Extensive training and I’m not sure, but the “Hazmat” drivers are far more careful and receive additional qualification… It paid off this time.

    When is the luck going to run out?

    • Teresa Boeckel says:

      Yes, this is a good example of the seriousness of the problem. It’s more than an RV losing an air conditioner or a truck suffering some damage. Thank goodness this driver realized the danger and stopped.

  3. Karen Baumgardner says:

    I fail to understand why the height of the trestle is the problem. It seems to be lack of attention paid on the driver’s part. Why, oh why, are so many people willing to take a chance going under that bridge.

    In the case of the RV that lost their AC unit, we were actually sitting opposite them as they approached the bridge, and we were waving our hands telling them to stop. Nope, they barreled through. Why is his ignorance our problem as taxpayers?

    I really do think the bridge clearance is different on both sides, and I also think the grading of the road going southbound contributes to the problem. At the most, I’d say hire independent surveyors to measure, correct the signage as appropriate and then whomever hits it after that should be held responsible for reckless driving.

  4. Twilly says:

    In response to Ms. Baumgardner’s post; You are exactly on point – the height of the trestle is NOT the problem, it never has been. The problem now is the modern driver. Motor vehicles are now treated as common as bathroom tissue and as the decades have fallen away from the Model T, motorists do not realize risk as they have in the past. I was told that one of these incidents – the driver was actually “upset” that the trestle was there, and not his fault! He was badgering the county (the county is in charge of the trestle, not PennDot as many people believe) to reimburse for damages!!! After you calm down over the outrage of the faulty attitude this driver had, he actually illustrates…. The modern driver.

    It’s a sad note that we need such an extensive system now to warn somebody (or wake them up) that a collision is imminent.

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