At around 9AM on the 31st of August, a tanker carrying fuel swerved and overturned, bursting dramatically into flames. Hazmat crews responded after the flames were outed.
Pendot issued the following travel advisery early on:
Route 15 SB closed at Bloss Mountain in Tioga County (Editor’s note- near the Sebring exit)
Motorists traveling Route 15 southbound in Tioga County are advised that
the southbound lanes are currently closed between Blossburg and Sebring
following a truck crash and subsequent fire.
Southbound Route 15 is being detoured at Blossburg onto Old Route 15 and
returned to the southbound lanes at the Sebring Interchange.
At this time, northbound traffic is not affected.
It is not known how long the southbound lanes will be closed at the scene
that truck crash at the summit of Bloss Mountain.
The wreckage was cleared and the road re-opened within a few hours.
This begs the question- why are so many tankers wrecking? In July a tanker crash caused route 287 to be closed for a few days. In mid August, another tanker overturned on route 287 down near route 414. There was no fire in
either of those incidents. but unspecified environmental damage was done.
More from Lonny Frost, Blossburg PA Community Editor-
Liberty Township – According to State Police, Jeffrey D. Krout, 27, Wellsboro, was driving south on Route 15 up Bloss Mountain, near Liberty Township shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Friday. When for some unknown reason he traveled off the left side of the road and then he came back across both lanes before tipping the rig over the right side of the berm. Mr. Krout was able to pull himself out of the rig prior to it catching on fire.
Below is video of the fire from Lonny Frost….
It was reported that the rig was carrying approximately 4600 gallons of diesel fuel at the time of the wreck.
Blossburg,Liberty,Mansfield, Morris and Wellsboro fire departments were dispatched to the scene. State Police was first on scene and they proceeded to shut down all four lanes of traffic. Firemen then helped with traffic control. Traffic was sent into Blossburg where travelers then picked up old Route 15 to reach their destination.
Around1:30 p.m., Route 15 north bound lanes were reopened. The southbound lanes were still closed after4pm.
It was said that Mr. Krout received a minor leg injury and that he refused medical treatment. State Police will most likely charge Mr. Krout with careless driving and rollover violations of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code.
Firemen fought several hours battling the blaze. Finally they were able to put out the blaze and a few grass fires that were along the bank.
One fireman from Morris said that had this rig tipped over onto the highway, things could have been much worse. The fuel and intense heat would of seriously damaged the road surface. Thankfully the truck tipped over off the road. However, there may be some damage along the edge of the road but that was being looked over by PennDot workers.
Photos of the scene after the initial cleanup-