Rte. 30 reopened after crash, fuel spill in Ardmore


Route 30 has reopened in Ardmore, Montgomery County, two hours after police, fire and emergency workers responded to a traffic accident, officials said this afternoon.

The crash occurred just after 3 p.m. It involved a privately-owned trash truck, a SEPTA bus that was empty except for the driver, and a mini-van.

According to Lower Merion Police, the trash truck struck a street light, and then began to leak diesel fuel into the intersection of Rittenhouse Place and Lancaster Avenue.

The street light came down on the parking lot in front of the Police Administration Building at 75 E. Lancaster Ave., taking out only a parking meter. No one was injured.

“Not even a car was hit, which was a miracle,” said Lower Merion public information officer Thomas Walsh.

All three drivers suffered minor injuries, Walsh said. Police were investigating whether a medical event on the part of the trash truck driver might have caused the accident.

As of 4:30 p.m, crews were awaiting PECO workers to secure the street light. As a hazardous-materials contractor worked to contain the spilled diesel fuel, Lancaster Avenue remained closed from Anderson Avenue to Argyle Road.

The roadway was reopened at about 5 p.m., Walsh said.