‘He was just covered in milk and blood’ – Truck Wreck Leaves Milky Mess

LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP -- A tanker truck crashed Wednesday morning, spilling thousands of gallons of milk all over the road.

It happened on Warrensville Road in Loyalsock Township around 10 a.m.

A truck from R.W. Bird Trucking, from Pleasant Gap, near State College, carrying about 5,000 gallons of milk crashed while making a sharp turn.

The truck just picked up a milk load from a farm and was headed to Anther Farm in Hepburn Township when the crash happened.

Neighbors in Loyalsock Township tell us this road is known for crashes, but the spill that closed the road Wednesday was the worst they have ever seen. There have been crashes in front of Deb Quigel's mom's home near Montoursville before, but not like this one.

"He was just covered in milk and blood, and it was just looked like a big fountain coming from over there," Quigel recalled.

Deb saw a milk tanker flip over on Warrensville Road and helped pull the driver from the truck.

The rig from R.W. Bird Trucking from the State College area tipped over onto the side of the road, spilling thousands of gallons.

"It ran all across the road and down the ditches."

Dick Wagner lives close by. He didn't know what the spill was at first.

"I saw R.W. Bird; they are a milk carrier. They have been out here for 50, 60 years without incident," said Wagner.

State police say the driver didn't have a full load of milk and residents believe the driver may have been unfamiliar with the route.

"Liquids are like that. Liquids will go back and they will go forward, and I mean, you better know how to drive liquids."

Part of Warrensville Road stayed closed while crews cleaned up.

The HAZMAT crew was able to pump out all the milk that was left in the truck, but what was more concerning to them was stopping all the milk that spilled from reaching a nearby creek.

"If it would have got to the waterway, the milk is not dangerous to humans but it is to fish life," said rescue captain Jamie Gilbert.

Emergency crews used dirt to dam the ditches that lead to Loyalsock Creek. The state Department of Environmental Protection says the rest of the milk should soak into the ground.

The driver was taken to the hospital. State police say he wasn't speeding.

"God was with that boy right there," said Quigel. "He has children and he's damn lucky he'll get to see them tonight."


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