The Downingtown Fire Dept. was dispatched at 2:00 PM on Sunday, for an overturned truck accident on the Westbound Rt. 30 Bypass, just east of the Business Rt. 30 Exit.
The first-in report by Battalion Chief 46 (J. Swisher) and Assistant Chief 45 (J. Stevens) confirmed that a single axle tanker truck, that was fully loaded with heating oil was overturned and over the embankment of the Rt. 30 Bypass, with the driver self-extricated himself.
The first-due apparatus to respond were Rescue (Lt. K. Stevens) and Engine 45 (Capt. Wesson), Engine 46-2 (Lt. T. Lee) and MICU 46-3. Command added the Chester County Haz-Mat Team 15, Engine 5-5 and Foam Trailer 5 (East Whiteland Fire Co.) to assist as a water supply and potential fire attack. The DFD was re-alerted for Brush 45 and Rehab Ambulance 46-1, plus Engine 38 (Thorndale Fire Co.) assisted at the scene with fresh manpower.
The Rescue 45 team stabilized the tanker with Paratech Rescue Struts and the Haz-Mat 15 team evaluated the truck for hazardous conditions and prepared the tanker for an off-loading of material operation which took several hours to complete. The Engine companies worked together deploying foam hand lines and water supply operations.
Fire Police from Stations 45, 46, 6, 47, 51, 52, 53, 54 and 56 assisted with traffic control and shutting down the Westbound Rt. 30 Bypass at Rt. 100.
The Fire, Rescue, EMS and Fire Police operation was in service for 8-1/2 hours to secure and maintain the scene safety until the tanker was placed back onto the roadway by Abel Brothers Towing.
The DFD would like to thank the Wagontown Fire Co., the West Bradford Fire Co. and the Good Fellowship Ambulance Club for relocating to Stations 45 and 46.