At 11:00 PM, the Downingtown Fire Dept. was dispatched for an auto accident on eastbound, Rt. 30 Bypass between the Rt. 282 and Rt. 113 Exits. MICU 46-3 and Assistant Chief 45 (J. Stevens) promptly arrived to find a serious accident involving car and a tractor trailer.
Just after the the DFD was dispatched to this accident, Station 38 (Thorndale Fire Co.) and MICU 87-6 (Uwchlan EMS) were dispatched for an auto accident on the Rt. 30 Bypass, west of the Rt. 282 Exit. This turned out to be the same accident and Assistant 45 had the Station 38 and MICU 87-6 units assist at the original accident scene. Due to the large amount of debris and fuel spill that was across the entire width of the eastbound lanes which caused all traffic to come to a complete stop on the bypass and separated the car from the tractor trailer for several hundred feet.
Battalion Chief 45 (Trego) was the Operations Officer at the tractor trailer scene and Deputy Chief 38 (D. Donnachie) was the Operations Officer at the car scene. The crews from Rescue 45, Rescue 38, Engines 46-1 and 46-2 worked at the scene of the car checking for additional injures and securing potential hazards. The crews from Engines 45 and 38 worked at the scene of the tractor trailer securing the fuel spill and controlling the additional hazards. Additionally, Fire Police volunteers from the DFD, Thorndale and Wagontown (Traffic 35) controlled traffic at several locations related to the incident.
Thanks to all of the emergency responders who operated throughout the entire night at this serious accident with a fuel spill on the Rt. 30 Bypass in East Caln Twp. The companies operating at this incident were as follows: Alert Fire Co. No. 1 (Rescue, Engine, Squad, Traffic 45), Minquas Fire Co. No. 2 (Engines 46-1 and -2, Utility 46, MICU 46-3), Uwchlan EMS (MICU 87-6), Thorndale Fire Co. (Rescue, Engine, Traffic 38), Wagontown Fire Co. (Traffic 35), Chester County HAZ-MAT (Captain 15), Portable Light Trailers from Thorndale Fire Co., West Whiteland Fire Co., West Bradford Fire Co. and Good Will Fire Co. of West Chester.
Our mutal-aid stand-by units who relocated to the Downingtown Fire Dept. were Glen Moore Co. (Rescue 48) and West Whiteland Fire Co. (Engine 6-2).
The Downingtown Police Dept. and the Pennsylvania State Police were also assisting at the scene in addition to Miller’s Automotive and Flings Towing.