Tractor Trailer Crash on Gordon Mountain Road

GORDON, Pa. -- An out-of-control truck barreled down a hill and landed in the woods in Schuylkill County, and it is not the first time residents had to deal with a tractor trailer crashing through their neighborhood.

Back in 2015, three tractor trailers crashed at the same intersection in Gordon. After this latest one, borough officials are hoping to make even more changes to stop these crashes from happening.

After an early morning crash on Saturday, potato salad, pasta salad, and mangled truck parts were sprawled out all over the ground. Crews spent most of the morning removing the truck from the woods.

Jason Slotcavage lives in Gordon and says he's seen this movie too many times.

"I saw sirens and looked down the road, and every time you see cop cars pull in here you know what is here," Slotcavage said.

Butler Township police say the tractor trailer was coming down the hill at a high rate of speed. It hit a bump, and borough officials say it went airborne before crashing into the trees.

"Gear down make sure your brakes are down, no problems. I never had a runaway in 41 years, and we held maximum weight, no problem like this. Like I said, it is neglect," said Ivan Quick of Gordon.

Butler Township police say the driver was coming from Minnesota to a distribution center outside of Gordon.  While following his GPS, he made a wrong turn.

Police say the driver suffered only minor injuries.

"If you come off the interstate, you're at the right place. Everything is at the top of the mountain. Guys get lost, and that's what you have," Quick added.

This isn't the first time a tractor trailer has made a wrong turn and ended up crashing in Gordon. In 2015, Newswatch 16 covered crashes at the same intersection three days in a row.

Gordon borough officials say there are multiple signs at the top of the hill prohibiting tractor trailers from traveling down the hill.

Officials are now hoping to clear the rest of the trees and make a runoff spot for drivers.

"We have taken measures. We work with PennDOT. We have signs that are installed at the top of the mountain. It is just driver error. We have done everything we could do at this point short of putting up a physical barrier up so trucks stop coming down the mountain," said Jason Quick, borough operations manager.

Butler Township officials say the driver was cited and that the exact cause of the crash is still under investigation.

73 comments

  • jimbrony

    Comments disappearing? Awaiting moderation? You can thank the petulant child ALBERTCOHOL. He has a mental deficiency that prevents him from appreciating other viewpoints, so he just reports your comments. Have some fun people, flag everything you see from ALBERTCOHOL as much as you can, see how he likes it.

  • burtfan16

    Why are trucks coming down this mountain in the first place? Without enough room for a runaway truck area it’s going to keep happening. God help everyone if he hits black ice.

      • jimbrony

        It’s OK Licker, we know what he meant. If you spend enough time around mentally challenged people you pick up on what they’re trying to say, even if it appears to be gibberish.

      • jimbrony

        ALBERTCOHOL likes to bash other people’s dead mothers when he can’t conjugate a good comeback, which is understable since he probably has trouble tying his own shoelaces in the morning.

      • jimbrony

        This must have ALBERTCOHOL in a real predicament. He wants to delete my comments, but in order to do that he has to delete his own first. But he’s so full of himself he can’t bear to take down his own beautifully crafted words: “Late Err Ripp”… Try not to eat the glue today in arts and crafts, OK Al?

      • albertcohol

        Ding dong you’re wrong.
        I wouldn’t waste my time deleting your Anal repetitive comments.
        If you recall, you admitted to the Poofing of comments.
        And keep on playing the Dead Mommy Card, It’s
        Obvious that Mommy coddled you.

      • jimbrony

        I would ask you to quote me when I admitted to reporting and deleting comments, but you would just take some random comment or post I made six months ago and somehow in your psychopathic brain justify it to mean what you think. Dude, you’ve got problems.

      • jimbrony

        I took notice that when ALBERTCOHOL typed the word ‘anal’ that his computer capitalized it for him. That must be because he uses it so much on his ‘secret’ web sites and when searching his chat rooms. It’s OK AL, people will call you courageous for coming out these days.

      • albertcohol

        The Loser knows that when he admitted to his Poofing of my comments,
        The moderator deleted all of the comments on that story.
        Don’t worry the moderator will step in and do it again.
        Still trying to get other people to fight your battles like a little girl.

      • jimbrony

        Like I said, some psychotic explanation and justification to try and prove himself correct. Which he isn’t. ‘The moderator deleted the comment and the other comments, but the loser deleted and stepped in and deleted the little girl, which in turn poofed all previous comments, so I can’t comment. Bash a trucker – Late Err Ripp.’ BWAAK!! So predictable, such a looser. Thanks teach. Try again, petulant child. Or is it Big Bird?

      • jimbrony

        ‘Guess you forgot you means moniker loser titled you self’… Derpy derp derp… Settle down there AL, you can’t go from finding a new furry porn web site to commenting here – you’re just too wound up. You should probably put that Big Bird suit on and go hit the rest areas, go blow off some steam… I’m sure there’s someone there waiting for you.

      • jimbrony

        “Don’t worry the moderator will step in and do it again.” How’s that working out so far, dummy? What – run out of dead mommy jokes and insults?

      • albertcohol

        Keep playing the dead mama card, we know you like to hide behind her skirt anyway because you’re a mama’s boy, but asking others to do your dirty work, (otherwise known as fighting your battles ), Is indeed a childish move.
        Now run to your current Mommy the
        Moderator and whine some more.
        You keep calling me a derp, but since you’re obviously a mama’s boy, that makes you a Loser Twerp.

      • jimbrony

        Well! Good morning sunshine! You’re up early! I see by the time stamp of your last comment was 12:20 AM. I’m flattered that you took time out of your busy schedule turning tricks at the truck stops and rest areas to say ‘hi’ to me. Oh, BTW – get some new material – the copy and paste bit is getting pretty old. BWAAK!!

      • jimbrony

        BWAAK! Mamas boy. BWAAK! Dirty work. BWAAK! Childish move.
        BWAAK! Moderator.

        Try something different for crying out loud. It’s like having Hotel California on endless repeat. 🤮

      • jimbrony

        Too bad, so sad. I deleted nothing. But just for your enjoyment and for the record, if I ever find out who you are, you might want to have a good dentist lined up. How does that work for you, pansy?

      • jimbrony

        And the reason I say such a thing is because real men will defend and respect the honor of loved ones, and real men know that family members are off limits when it comes ‘fighting ones battles’. You on the other hand, have no honor or respect for anyone or anything, which tells me that you’ve never been in a situation where you’ve had to put your money where your mouth is. So, ALBERTCOHOL – you’ve been told. Keep up the family bashing, you’ll find out with teeth bashing is all about.

      • jimbrony

        The ‘dishing’ is between you and I, at least from me. You on the other hand, have difficulty fighting any kind of honest battle so you go hit below the belt and go after family members. You remind me of the type that would get shot by his own men during wartime.

      • jimbrony

        Speaking of old and worn out, how’s your colon these days? Colon health is a serious issue these days and active people such as yourself need to take precautions. You just can’t do rest areas and truck stops like you used to.

      • jimbrony

        “You are a sad case” says the coward with no honor that resorts to picking on deceased family members and trolling on articles where people were killed…

      • jimbrony

        Let me help you: Go to your WordPress account, go to settings, delete account. Make everyone happy. Do it. Now.

      • jimbrony

        (This ought to be good) OK AL, what other names does your furry-porn-addled brain think I am? Seriously, I’m trying to save you some humiliation down the line by saying I only have one screen name, but if you insist…

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