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A peek into a horrific 1970s truck crash with a happy ending 


A recently shared vintage truck crash with a happy ending has us reflecting on days of trucking past thanks to a post from a volunteer fire company. 

A history account for the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company shared a series of photos from a 1970s truck crash that ended in only minor injuries, and the photos are fascinating. 

“HORRIFIC TRUCK CRASH FROM THE EARLY 1970’s,” the post reads. It continues:

“A tractor trailer hauling telephone poles was heading north on Route 15 (south King st.) then turned onto the Leesburg bypass to go east, on the way from Wilmington North Carolina to Harrisburg Pa. Going much faster into the curve than it should have , the truck crashed through the guardrail and rolled down the embankment. The cab of the tractor was torn off with the driver trapped inside while the poles were thrown off the trailer. The wreck came to rest with the cab next to the frame partially buried under the poles. Units from Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company 1 and the Loudoun County Volunteer Rescue Squad Company 13 used hydraulic tools to free the trapped driver who sustained only minor injuries.”

The dramatic photos are fairly high quality, and have us thrilled that the truck driver was okay. Now, the volunteer fire company is hoping to get in contact with someone who was on the rescue at the time of the crash for more information. 

“We’d love to hear from anyone who was on this call who can provide more details,” they wrote. 


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