Police said a tanker truck overturned on Old Hanover Road in Heidelberg Twp. about 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. The road was closed for about eight hours.
Police said a tanker truck overturned on Old Hanover Road in Heidelberg Twp. about 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. The road was closed for about eight hours. (Southwestern Regional Police)

An overturned tanker truck carrying 5,500 gallons of road tar forced police to close the intersection of Old Hanover and Iron Ridge roads for eight hours Monday.

Southwestern Regional Police said the 18-wheeled tanker, driven by Roy Varner, was eastbound on Old Hanover Road about 5:05 a.m. when the right rear trailer wheels went off the road and down an embankment. That shifted the trailer's weight and pulled the entire truck off the road, police said.

The tanker rolled over and came to rest on its left side in the yard of a home in the 700 block of Iron Ridge Road, police said.

The load of tar that was being hauled needed to be unloaded before the tanker could be righted, "which turned out to be a very long and slow process," police wrote in a news release. The area reopened to traffic at 1 p.m., police said.

Varner, 60, of Orrstown, Franklin County, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to York Hospital, police said. The rig he was driving is owned by DL Martin Trucking in Shippensburg.

Porters firefighters and fire police assisted at the scene with both safety issues and traffic control, police said. -- Staff writer Liz Evans Scolforo can also be reached at levans@yorkdispatch.com.



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