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Route 30 overpass crash: Police release details

Written by Ted Czech/York Daily Record | Nov 20, 2015 9:47 AM
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A Lancaster tractor-trailer driver was hauling an excavator when his truck struck a Route 30 bridge.

(Undated) -- A Lancaster County tractor-trailer driver was hauling an excavator when his truck struck a Route 30 bridge, causing the two-day closure of the highway, police said Thursday.

Michael Miranda, 47, of Marietta, was driving a 2014 Peterbilt tractor-trailer eastbound on Route 30 on Monday evening when the back hoe he was hauling struck the Burgs Lane overpass, Hellam Township Police Chief Mark Sowers said.

A beam was damaged in the crash, the state Department of Transportation said previously, and the highway was closed Tuesday and Wednesday for repairs to the overpass. The eastbound lanes reopened Wednesday night.

Miranda stopped immediately after hitting the bridge and was surprised he had struck it, Sowers said.

Miranda owns the truck but was hauling the excavator for a company out of Rockford, Ill., Sowers said.

Debris falling from the bridge struck a 2016 Hyundai traveling behind Miranda, Sowers said, but the driver of the car, Michael Lockard, of Lancaster, was not hurt. There was minor damage to the car.

Sowers said that in his 29 years with Hellam Township Police, the department has responded to other incidents of trucks crashing into Route 30.

"Very few times, but it has happened," he said.

Police continue to investigate the crash.

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Following the crash, Sowers said he conferred with PennDOT officials on the best plan to handle the snarled traffic.

"Our main concern was the large amount of traffic that was being detoured," Sowers said, adding that 462 isn't set up to handle that much traffic.

The timing of the lights on Route 462 were altered, Sowers said.

"We had longer cycles where it stayed green on 462," he said.

The heavy traffic also caused more crashes than usual on Tuesday -- two on Route 30 and three on Route 462, Sowers said. All were minor rear-end crashes.


This article is part of a partnership between York Daily Record and WITF.

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