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Double Trouble on Pottstown Pike

0 54f26By Jim "Buck" Sorrenti

Eagle Service Center is a family-owned and operated company in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. Owner Paul Woodward started the business in 1989 and was inducted into the Towman Order in 2008. Paul's son Paul Woodward, Jr. runs the auto shop and towing. He manages to go out on some of their more involved jobs.

On Oct. 23, 2018, Eagle was called by the Upper Uwchlan Police Department to handle a two-vehicle crash on Pottstown Pike in Chester Springs.

"We were called at 5:55 p.m. to the area of 500 Pottstown Pike," Paul Jr. said. "We were advised of two vehicles with heavy front-end damage after an accident."

Eagle dispatched two trucks. Operator Bob Hollins responded in a 2013 Hino 258ALP with a medium-duty Jerr-Dan flatbed and operator Bill Lusch responded in a 2011 Dodge 5500 with a Jerr-Dan MPL40 8-ton light-duty wrecker.

They found a pickup truck blocking the southbound travel lane of Route 100 and a Mercedes on the embankment. Both vehicles had heavy front-end damage and debris was scattered throughout the area.

"Once they were given permission," Paul Jr. said, "Bob and Bill cleared up the mess, picking up debris from the area when the fire company, medics and police were finished at the scene. Traffic was a nightmare at the time. Ludwig's Corner Fire Company handled the traffic control at the scene."

Hollins was able to keep the northbound lanes open while he winched the Mercedes onto his Hino/Jerr-Dan flatbed. Lusch was able to load the pickup onto his Dodge/Jerr-Dan light-duty wrecker and move it out of the roadway so the southbound lane could be reopened.

Once out of the roadway, In the Ditch dollies were setup under the rear axle of the pickup for transport. The partially open driver's window of the pickup truck was covered with crash wrap.

Paul Jr. said, "The vehicles were both transported back to our storage facility. The hazardous fluids that leaked onto our flatbed were absorbed with oil dry. The bed was then washed and scrubbed and made ready for service."

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