Share This Page

No one hurt, road closed after truck overturns in Manor

| Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, 12:06 p.m.

Route 66 between Manor and Bethel was closed for several hours Monday morning when a tractor-trailer hauling 41,000 pounds of stainless steel coil overturned at a bend near Huston Road.

Walter Rouse, 50, of Apollo, who was driving the M & A Transport truck, was uninjured in the crash that occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m. The road was closed until about 2:30 p.m. while crews worked to right the truck and clear the accident site.

“I've never had any accidents before,” he said after crawling out of the overturned truck unassisted. His chihuahua, Petie, who had been along for the ride, was also unharmed.

“I believe he was going too fast around the turn,” said state police Trooper Brian Shaffer, adding that the truck's load was not properly secured. “He had more than enough chains, but didn't use a J-hook. Once the load shifted, it dragged him over.”

Manor and Ford Cliff fire departments sopped up a diesel fuel spill from the road as crews used pulleys and chains to pull the truck upright.

“There was less than 10 gallons spilled, and the fire departments were able to contain it,” said Vince Cappo, Armstrong County HAZMAT coordinator.

Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or bbeatty@tribweb.com.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.