Crane Collapse on Penn Highway Project


WINFIELD, PA – The Penn state Department of Environmental Protection is on the scene to investigate an accident involving a construction crane and steel beam toppling onto Route 15 near County Line Road in Union Township on Tuesday night.

Officials said that fuel and hydraulic fluid spilled out during the incident between Shamokin Dam and Winfield. The contractor was working on a new bridge over Route 15, which is part of PennDOT’s $700 million Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project.

Mechanical liquids were running down the supporting walls underneath the overpass. Volunteers put booms, which are blanket-like physical barriers that slow the spread of oil and other liquids, to divert fuel from the drainage systems.

No one was injured in the accident which has closed down the road for the next several days.

The Susquehanna Valley is a region of low-lying land that borders the Susquehanna River in the states of New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

The valley consists of areas that lie along the main branch of the river, which flows from Upstate New York through Pennsylvania and Maryland into the Chesapeake Bay, as well as areas that lie along the shorter West Branch in Pennsylvania.