Tractor-trailer crash leaves one injured

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, according to Montgomery Fire Chief Brad Harding. The trucker, whose identity was not released, 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.