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Auburn, WA

Suite B, 420 H St NW
Auburn, WA 98001
253-245-5454

Maple Valley, WA

Suite B, 23933 SE 264th Street
Maple Valley, WA 98038
425-310-1010

Spokane, WA

Suite B, 5815 W Thorpe Rd
Spokane, WA 99224
509-960-5454

Almost Made it, Almost Didn’t: Heavy-Duty Towing Required

Almost Made it, Almost Didn’t: Heavy-Duty Towing Required

Earlier last month, the SR18 was closed. When a highway closes, semi-trucks will take alternative routes to get where they’re going. In some cases, the driver might not be as familiar with the new route. An unfamiliar road and tight turn was the problem in this semi-truck accident recovery incident.

A semi-truck and trailer loaded with paper rolls were on a new route, and the corner was a little tighter than the driver anticipated. He didn’t quite make the turn, and it nearly caused the truck and trailer to flip. This recovery was a job for Pro-Tow and our heavy-duty towing crew.

The truck was about 80,000 pounds, which meant we had to use our heavy-duty crane style wrecker to undo this mistake. After we carefully set it up and rigged the trailer properly, we were able to relocate the loaded container to a better position and location. Then the driver was able to continue his travels and make his delivery of paper rolls.

Semi-Trucks Need To Make Slow Wide Turns

Cornering a semi-truck and a loaded trailer is something any driver will have to do, whether in the city or coming on and off roadway ramps. Unfortunately, even a small miscalculation, when cornering, can cause a big problem. If you have too much momentum and not enough area to turn in, your load will start to push the rig into the turn. In bad cases, this can cause the trailer to want to flip.

The key to safely turning semi-trucks is to take the turn slowly. That’s why you’ll notice most big rigs taking their turns at a near crawl. If they slow down too late, it can cause the momentum to shift cargo, and then accidents happen. Trucks also need plenty of space when turning. Truck drivers need to pay close attention to surrounding traffic, but for those of us in regular vehicles, we need to make sure we are giving them the space they need to turn safely. Remember, both loads and lives might depend on it.

Pro-Tow offers heavy-duty towing services and semi-truck accident recovery. Count on us 24 hours a day.

Emergency Accident Recovery After Car Goes into the Cedar River

Emergency Accident Recovery After Car Goes into the Cedar River

River Runner Best

On March 16, 2020, Pro-Tow received an emergency dispatch for a car that had gone off the roadway and into the Cedar River. Where the vehicle had gone into the river, and where we could safely perform the accident recovery, was about 30-feet below a high riverbank.

Team Pro responded to the scene with a light-duty recovery wrecker and reported to Incident Command. Responders included the Washington State Police, Washing State Fire Department, and King County Parks and Recreation.

Calling for Backup

After we evaluated the scene, we learned that the accident recovery was going to need additional trained personnel and equipment than we currently had on site. After authorization, we dispatched for the extra people and equipment required. That included a heavy-duty crane style wrecker, Recovery Safety Supervisor, and a flatbed tow truck for transporting the car after it came out of the river.

Let’s Go Swimming

After creating a safety and accident recovery plan, our team put on their personal protective equipment and other safety gear and got to work. Very carefully, we brought the equipment down a bicycle path and set up on the riverbank for the accident recovery. The riverbank’s access and strong currents created considerable safety hazards that required mitigation.

Our accident recovery dive team received detailed instructions on how to install the specialty recovery rigging on the car in the river. They were able to get things hooked up properly, so our crane style wrecker could pull the vehicle out of the water. The overhead crane was able to lift the car out of the river without any additional damage to the sensitive wetland area and riverbank.

After that, the vehicle went to our secured storage yard. Another job well done from our team, along with side local emergency services and the county.

Trucking Industry Needs Support, Now More Than Ever

Trucking Industry Needs Support, Now More Than Ever

As the COVID-19 outbreak spreads across the United States, regular travel and transportation is restricted in many jurisdictions. The border is now closed to Canada, except for essential travel, including the transportation of goods. We might continue to see travel restrictions tighten as things progress, but for our truckers, they are working hard to maintain the transport of goods.

Pro-Tow 24-Hour Towing offers heavy-duty tow services and semi-truck accident recovery services in Washington State and beyond. We are watching this pandemic closely and understand the importance of our service to the transport industry. Trucking companies will be able to count on us when they are in need of heavy-duty towing or accident recovery as we navigate this unprecedented time.

How is COVID-19 impacting the trucking industry?

There is a demand for taking supplies to stores that have run out of items that are in high demand. These items include toilet paper, hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and essential food items. While warehouses have ample supply of these things, nervous shoppers are purchasing more than usual, and more than they need in many cases. A daily restock of shelves means more goods are required.

This has created an increase in products that need to be transported to grocery stores and warehouses throughout the country. Included in this demand, are vital medical supplies, safety equipment, and COVID-19 testing kits that need to be moved to other states.

Are truck drivers safe?

When speaking with the trucking companies that we work with closely, we are assured that drivers are following protocol regarding health and safety amidst this pandemic. Thankfully, most of their time is spent in total isolation on the road. Most truck stop services like restaurants and bars are now closed to prevent the spread of the virus. Transport companies and their employees are focused on good health practices when in contact with others, including keeping a safe distance, hand washing, and sanitization of equipment.

If there is an accident within our service area, trucking companies can depend on Pro-Tow 24 Hour Towing for assistance. We are still fully operational, offering heavy duty towing and accident recovery, including spill response, and are there to support transport companies and their drivers during this crisis. If your driver and fleet are in trouble on the road, we will be there to help, while taking all the health and safety precautions necessary to help stop the spread of COVID-19.