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Beef at 47 Cargo and Truck Recovery

Beef at 47 Cargo and Truck Recovery

On February 26, 2021, a transport trucker lost a snow chain on the I-90, westbound at exit 47. When the snow chain snapped, it damaged his tire, which led to damage to his fully-loaded semi-trailer. The damage was mainly to the structural frame of the trailer and fuel line, resulting in fuel to steam on the road and adjacent snowpack.

Fuel spill recovery

This accident needed fuel spill recovery, as well as heavy-duty towing and cargo recovery. Because of the accident, the trailer refrigerator wasn’t running, and it was carrying 38,000 pounds of frozen beef. Upon investigation, the customer saw that the fuel spill was severe. We estimate there were 10 to 20 gallons of fuel that required fuel spill recovery.

Team Pro-Enviro went to work to repair the leaky fuel line, contain the spill, and with extensive cleanup of the road and surrounding snowbanks. Meanwhile, Team Pro-Tow created a recovery plan to complete trailer recovery to save the beef, and heavy-duty towing services. Read more about Pro-Enviro’s spill recovery efforts with this incident.

Heavy-Duty Towing

Team Pro-Tow brought a heavy-duty wrecker that could tow the trailer and its 38,000-pound load of valuable beef. Fortunately, we repaired the fuel and electrical lines to the refrigerator to save the cow!

After we repaired the trailer and Pro-Enviro had completed the cleanup, we could load it up for safe transport. The client was happy that the incident didn’t spoil the beef, and it was a successful cargo recovery. Once we got our equipment back to the shop, we cleaned and conditioned everything for the next job.

Working as a Team

When there is a semi-truck accident that involves a fuel or oil spill, Team Pro-Tow and Team Pro-Enviro work together on the response. Pro-Tow handles the complex heavy-duty towing, including complicated crane lift and uprighting of extremely heavy trucks and equipment. However, before that can happen, Pro-Enviro ensures fuel spill containment and repairs to prevent further contamination during transport of the casualty. Pro-Enviro also takes care of spill recovery and cleanup.

If an accident requires an experienced heavy-duty recovery team, you can always call on Pro-Tow.

Tipper in the Ditch: Semi-Truck Recovery

Tipper in the Ditch: Semi-Truck Recovery

In this incident, on May 28th, 2021, We received an emergency dispatch about a collision involving a fully loaded semi-truck that had gone off the roadway and into the ditch. We received pictures of the incident, so based on those, we put together our equipment. 

We sent an HD Crane Style Wrecker and HD C Class Wrecker and set out this heavy truck towing job.

Semi-Truck Recovery

Once we arrived and did a scene assessment, we decided that a Pick and Pass play would best recover the unit. The casualty had the steer axle out of the ditch, and the trailer was heavily leaning on the roadway. First, we placed the HD Rotating Crane Style Wrecker at the rear of the casualty to pick and swing the trailer back onto the road. Then, we placed HD C Class Wrecker at the front to help pull the casualty out of the ditch. Unfortunately, we discovered an air leak blocking the brake release. So, we had to plug the air first to fix the cause, which was the broken air dryer.

Now the work began. We got the semi-truck recovery ready by rigging the HD Rotating Crane Style Wrecker in a Pick and Pass configuration using loop straps and rear tandem sliders. Then, we rigged the HD C Class Wrecker to the front using frame chains in a bridle configuration. 

Heavy Truck Towing

As always, we double-checked all the straps and chains before picking the Pick and Pass maneuver. Then, slowly and safely, we engaged the winches to start the recovery. We steadily pulled the casualty out of the ditch while the rear was lifted onto the roadway.

The driver opted out of heavy truck towing, so we returned our equipment to its original condition and location in the yard. We then returned to the yard and completed the paperwork for this successful Pick and Pass semi-truck recovery.

Be sure to check out our other incident reports on our Recovery Blog!

If you require truck accident recovery, give Pro-tow 24-Hour Towing a call.