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Tractor trailer flips over embankment on Route 405

June 26, 2019
The Luminary

MONTGOMERY - The driver of a demolished flatbed tractor-trailer truck was taken by ambulance to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, where he was admitted with serious injuries he suffered when the rig, loaded with an estimated 40,000 pounds of hot lime, went over a 20-foot embankment on Route 405, just north of the Lycoming-Northumberland countyline, about 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 19 according to Montgomery Fire Chief Brad Harding.

The trucker was trapped in the wreckage for about 10 minutes. Besides heavy-duty tow trucks, other equipment needed to clean up the scene included backhoes, dump trucks and even a vacuum truck. Wearing full protective gear, two members of the Northridge Group Inc. emergency environmental response team use a vacuum truck to absorb the spilled lime. The clean up and removal of the wreckage took at least 12 hours. Harding said he was told the trucker was making a delivery to the Halliburton plant off of Route 405 east of the borough.

The driver of the flatbed truck as he was approaching Montgomery on Route 405 from the Muncy Creek Township side was Jamie Gonzalez Perez, 37, of West Palm Beach, Florida, according to state police.

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He was reported in fair condition in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, a nursing supervisor said last Saturday night.

State police said that as Perez was about to cross a bridge over the West Branch of the Susquehanna River about 7 a.m., he failed to negotiate a left curve, causing his load of 40,000 pounds of hot lime to shift. The rig flipped onto its right side, spilling the lime. It took at least 12 hours to clear up the spill and wreckage.



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