Tanker Explosion Shuts Down Route 66
FOREST COUNTY, Pa. (EYT) – A tanker crashed and burst into flames late Tuesday afternoon, shutting down a portion of Route 66 in Howe Township, Forest County.
(Video and Photo courtesy Sarah Lutz)
According to a representative of Clarion County 9-1-1, the call came in around 4:30 p.m. for a one-vehicle tractor-trailer rollover accident on State Route 66, about one mile north of Watson Farm Road.
Marienville Volunteer Fire Department, Farmington Volunteer Fire Company, Clarion Hospital Ambulance, and Marienville-based State Police were immediately dispatched to the scene.
Sarah Lutz of Lucinda witnessed the accident.
“It was scary to watch,” said Lutz. “It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen.”
Lutz, who was traveling behind the tanker truck on her way home from work, said the truck was traveling southbound and swerving across the double-yellow lines before it left the roadway and crashed into a tree.
“It instantly went up in flames,” said Lutz. “I never knew it could actually happen that fast. I could hear (the driver) screaming.”
Lutz immediately attempted to dial 9-1-1 but was unable to do so due to lack of cellular service. She then ran to a nearby location and proceeded to call for help.
Sources on the scene say the driver, who was able to exit the vehicle, appeared to be conscious and alert following the crash.
LifeFlight was dispatched; however, it’s unclear if the driver was transported by the medical helicopter service.
The roadway remained closed for over two hours.
Clarion County 9-1-1 said that one lane of the roadway was currently open, and crews remained on the scene as of 7:05 p.m.
Additional details will be provided as they become available.
Sheffield Fire Department, Sigel Fire Department, James City Fire Department, and Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department were on standby.
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