Update: Crews Clean up Creek After Tractor Trailer Crash

NEW CASTLE TOWNSHIP — A tractor trailer crash tied up traffic in part of Schuylkill County Monday afternoon.

State police said a big rig carrying aluminum shavings hit a guard rail while going around a curve on Route 61 near Pottsville around 3 p.m. Monday.

The cab wound up on the guide rail the trailer went down an embankment.

Troopers said the driver, Christopher Glover, 37,  of Waterford, wasn’t hurt.

Aluminum shavings spilled from the trailer into Mill Creek.

Aluminum shavings spilled from the trailer into Mill Creek.

DEP said contractors hired by the trucking company are in the process of cleaning up the aluminum shavings that spilled from the truck into Mill Creek. The water has been checked for toxins but the creek is considered a “dead creek” because it has acid mine drainage and therefore no aquatic or plant life.

It could still be a few days before proper equipment is in the area and on site to tow the trailer out of the creek.

Route 61 is open while the crews clean up.

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