Tractor-Trailer Crashes Near Rennerdale

Noblestown Road in Collier Township is closed after a tractor-trailer trying to make a sharp turn at the "horseshoe bend" crashed and became lodged on a guardrail.

Noblestown Road in Collier Township is closed after a tractor-trailer trying to make a sharp turn near Rennerdale crashed and became lodged on a guardrail.

Collier police said the driver apparently was lost and tried to make the “horseshoe bend” curve just past Nike Site Road.

Officers and emergency crews were dispatched to the scene at 5:43 a.m. Thursday.

It’s not known how long Noblestown between Nike Site and Baldwin roads will be closed. An orange “Road Closed Ahead” sign is blocking motorists from entering the area.

Police said they’re waiting for a large tow truck to come to the scene to remove the tractor-trailer from the guardrail. The driver was not injured in the crash.

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Holly McIlree January 17, 2013 at 02:46 PM
I have lived on the stretch of road in Collier past the horseshoe bend for nearly 16 years and this happens multiple times every year. In fact, it has happened twice in just the last couple of months at this same time of day - just in time to mess with the school buses. I don't know how many times that it happens that we are just not aware of, but they are frequently replacing sections of the guiderail there. I don't know if these trailers are longer than others that make it through there or if some drivers are just not skilled enough to navigate that bend without getting the trailer hung up on the guiderail.
brittni ader January 17, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Walking out my back door in the morning and seeing this (picture 2 that I took) is not uncommon at all as the above posted this is the second time in the last few months. Im honestly surprised that there isn't more accidents. People speed down this stretch of road quite often, as if its a goal to squeal the most tire around these bends. Its a little nerve racking walking out to get the mail or trying to take my dogs for a walk because people don't seem to be concerned with the speed limit at all.
Mike Jones (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Thank you for posting the photo of the crash. Anyone can post photos by clicking the UPLOAD PHOTOS tab beneath the pictures.
Kelli O'Rourke January 17, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Mike, I uploaded the pic from the November incident. The first photo was today's (taken by my daughter who commented above). This is a very dangerous spot as there is also a sharp bend right before and after the horseshoe... definitely not a stretch for tractor trailers. They get stuck there at least every other week and stop traffic until they can "maneuver" their way out, usually by driving up into the hillside...or take out the guardrail. There is really no need for them to be on this road as it is all residential.
Mike Jones (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Thanks for the photos and info, Kelli.
Lorie Comley January 17, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Something needs to be done.. They can't have these big trucks blocking the road and taking out guard rails as often as it happens here.. It always interferes with the kids going to school .. Buses can't get to the kids., they should prevent these trucks .. 18 wheelers.... from coming down this road.. Signs ?
Mike Jones (Editor) January 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM
@Kelli... Any updates on if/when the tractor-trailer was removed?
Holly McIlree January 18, 2013 at 03:11 PM
The tractor-trailer was gone by the time the school buses came back in the afternoon and I drove through there around 5 PM and it was cleaned up but guiderails were missing. They will replace those AGAIN! That usually takes the better part of half a day and reduces traffic to one lane through there. Something really does need to be done as this happens far too often.


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