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Tractor Trailer Incident in Milford Could Have Been Disastrous

By SHARON SIEGEL, Senior Correspondent | October 15, 2020 | PENNSYLVANIA

Story No. 102220101

Milford, PA - Westfall Township Volunteer Fire Department was among emergency responders who responded to an MVA on October 15th that could have, but fortunately did not, produce serious injuries and much worse damage.

WTVFD Chief Fred Jacobs was among emergency personnel who arrived quickly on scene for a reported crash with injuries in front of the Delaware Valley High School on Route 6 and 209 in Milford, PA.

Jacobs said it was reported that a tractor trailer had left the roadway and landed in front of the high school area. This is what happened, but for those who arrived on scene, or heard about the accident later, the talk – and gratitude - was more about what didn’t happen.

According to Pennsylvania State Police Troop R in Blooming Grove, PA, the accident occurred at about 11:30 A.M. on October 15th. The operator of a tractor trailer had been traveling westbound on Interstate 84, near mile marker 52, when he lost control of his vehicle, possibly due to a medical issue. The vehicle then traveled across the westbound lanes, through the center median, over the eastbound lanes, and through guide rails along the left shoulder of Interstate 84.

The truck then went down a 60-foot embankment, entered and traveled across both lanes of U.S. Route 6, and entered the parking lot of Delaware Valley High School. It then struck a light pole and fence, before coming to rest in a ditch.

Despite happening on very busy highways, crossing multiple lanes, and entering a busy school complex, no vehicles or persons were struck during this crash and only minor injuries were sustained by the tractor trailer driver, who was transported to the hospital by EMS for evaluation.

Multiple units responded to the scene, including WTVFD and Ambulance, PASP, Eastern Pike Regional Police Department, Milford Fire Department Ambulance, and Delaware Valley School District Police. Also assisting at the scene were school district administrators and nursing staff who immediately responded to offer their help.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.