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Accident Recovery: What Goes Down, Must Come Up

Accident Recovery: What Goes Down, Must Come Up

After an incident on May 25, 2022, Team Pro-Tow was on hand to aid in an accident involving a minivan and a dump truck. It was an unfortunate situation that left both vehicles with significant damage. Pro-Tow responded to this accident recovery to rescue these vehicles.

Maybe you’ve heard the saying before, what comes up must go down. But, in this case, the scenario was the opposite. The dump truck in this accident flew over a metal guardrail and landed about 150 feet down into a steep embankment. So, we needed to bring it back up the roadway 150 feet.

We used our trusted and skilled Team Pro-Tow operators to build a recovery plan for this dump truck recovery. Our operators rigged up the dump truck in the ditch with careful effort. We did this to pull the dump truck on the road, removing it from the scene of the accident.

Heavy Truck Accident Recovery

When it comes to heavy-duty towing, like dump truck recovery, Pro-Tow is here to help! Our operators provide 24/7 emergency service for trucks class 7 and up. We have the equipment to recover heavy-duty trucks and vehicles of any weight.

Additionally, Pro-Tow employs two of the only four TRAA Level 5 Nationally Certified Heavy Recovery Specialists in Washington State. In other words, our operators have the knowledge and certifications you need most in heavy-duty accident recovery.

Accident Management and Equipment

It’s important to note that Pro-Tow takes great pride in our relationships. We continue to have relationships with authorities to help reduce your liability when complicated situations arise. Regardless of the accident and what’s required, we can take care of your accident recovery needs! Our equipment has the capacity for 110,000 lbs and 6.5-degree load angles. This equipment allows for even the most challenging recoveries to be loaded safely.

There When You Need

Our resources and competency, combined with our experience and work ethic, means we will always have solutions for your adversity. Pro-Tow provides towing services to a variety of areas covering Washington. These areas include Auburn, Maple Valley, North Bend, Spokane, and the surrounding areas.

For emergency heavy truck recovery and other towing needs, call us!

We have locations in Maple Valley, Auburn, Spokane, and North Bend, WA. If you need emergency towing, crane lift services, or accident recovery, give us a call.

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.

Submarined Car Needs Crane Lift

Submarined Car Needs Crane Lift

In this incident, on December 3rd, 2021, Team Pro-Tow was called in to help with a car that had gone into a retention pond in Maple Valley, WA. The dispatch came from the King County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO), and the vehicle was completely submerged! We responded with an HD Crane Style Rotating Wrecker per KCSO’s request. This submarined car needed an emergency towing service!

Once we arrived, our team did a scene assessment to decide the best approach for the crane lift recovery. We agreed that moving the vehicle closer first would make the rescue safer. So, we coordinated with KCSO divers and got to work.

Underwater Emergency Towing Service

First, the KCSO divers went into the water to rig the vehicle. Then, we brought the car closer to the shore to continue the rescue and crane lift process. Once it was at the shoreline, we used the LD vehicle rigging kit to lift the vehicle out of the water. We continued lifting it, using the chance to drain as much water as possible. After the car drained, we dispatched a flatbed to transport the vehicle.

Crane Lift Finale

Meanwhile, as per KCSO’s request, we set the vehicle on the shore. Pro-Tow then removed all rigging, inspected it, and returned to its original location.

We waited until the flatbed arrived and then helped with loading the car onto it. We secured it with a four-point tie down to safely transport it back to the Auburn yard. Once it was there, we unloaded the vehicle in our Portable Parking Stall Containment Pond. Doing so ensures no hazardous fluid leaks out of the vehicle and into the ground.

Our team then reconditioned the equipment by cleaning and inspecting the straps used in the tie-down. Once we finished the paperwork, we gave the all-clear on this emergency towing service.

In addition, we offer in-house services to keep your fleet running at top quality through our Motorplex division. We can help with various services to keep your fleet running at its best. Learn more about our divisions at www.pro-tow.com.

We have locations in Maple Valley, Auburn, Spokane, and North Bend, WA. If you need emergency towing, crane lift services, or accident recovery, give us a call.

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.

Water Recovery: Stolen Hemi Drives into Puget Sound

Water Recovery: Stolen Hemi Drives into Puget Sound

In this incident, on December 5, 2021, a vehicle was stolen and driven into the water near Seattle in Puget sound. Team Pro-Tow responded to a call from Tide Management Seattle PD to help with the water recovery. We gathered the necessary equipment and set out for the scene.

Once we arrived at the water, our team did a scene assessment to decide the best way to handle the emergency towing. Then, it was time to get to work.

Water Recovery of the Stuck Car

We started by positioning our equipment for a hook-up, then used a light-style rigging kit and spreader bar. We then hooked it up to the unit, lifted the vehicle, and loaded it onto the flatbed. Our team then unhooked it and returned the equipment and rotator to their driving condition. Finally, we returned to the storage unit, completed the paperwork and gave the all-clear call.

Local Teamwork for Emergency Towing

While we are fully prepared to handle any situation, we partner up as needed. Depending on the case, we work may alongside government agencies and local authorities for accident recoveries or emergency towing, as in this situation.

Working together ensures every party has the correct information and can move forward on the recovery together with a solid plan. In some incidents, a government agency or local authority may have extra information that we wouldn’t otherwise have. In this case, we had the schedule of the tide waters, so we could safely rescue the vehicle and make a water recovery without risk.

Working with local authorities and organizations is also extra important to protect the environment. For example, a nearby storm drain at risk of contamination or a vehicle in the water needs to be dealt with quickly. The unnecessary pollution can quickly cause damage to the environment and local wildlife and pollute drinking water.

Pro-Tow is proud to work and collaborate with other knowledgeable and experienced organizations to get the job done!

If you need emergency towing services or accident recovery, call Team Pro-Tow!

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.

Ford F350 at Cedar Grove Accident Recovery

Ford F350 at Cedar Grove Accident Recovery

In this incident, on April 30, 2021, Team Pro-Tow received an emergency dispatch from Washington State Police about a collision involving a Ford F-250 pickup stuck in the ditch. With little other information provided, we responded with a Class E flatbed truck and set out.

At the scene, we found that the left front tire of the truck was completely ripped off and that oil was leaking into the ground. Our team called for a wrecker for this accident recovery, and a trained operator responded with a B Class Wrecker.

Accident Recovery

To minimize damage, avoid risk to our equipment, and limit the impact on the traffic, we decided to do a “walk it up” recovery. To do this, we dispatched additional equipment and began the recovery process.

First, we rigged a medium-duty rim sling to the right rear wheel of the casualty and double-lined the winch line at the rear tailboard of the recovery truck. With the line secured, we began winching the casualty out of the ditch until we cleared the backend completely. We then re-rigged the high line to the front right wheel of the truck to completely pull it free from the ditch. With our carefully planned approach, Team Pro-Tow recovered the vehicle without any further fuel or oil spill.

Emergency Towing Services

We then prepared the casualty for emergency towing services and transport to the storage yard. We loaded the pickup truck onto the Class E flatbed and secured it in place before performing debris cleanup. We also performed property damage evaluation and reported back to the command post.

Then, Team Pro-Enviro handled cleanup efforts afterwards, who cleared the area and collected necessary soil samples. Finally, back at the storage yard, our team did a final cleanup and inspection of the equipment before putting it away.

If you need emergency towing services or accident recovery, call Team Pro-Tow!

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.

Emergency Towing Service for a RAV4 in a Pond

Emergency Towing Service for a RAV4 in a Pond

In this incident, on January 2, 2021, Team Pro-Tow responded to an emergency towing service call. A RAV4 had gone off the road and into the ditch. Unfortunately, there had been severe weather and flooding, and the RAV4 found itself stuck in a ditch pond.

Because we offer 24-hour towing services throughout Washington State, our team could respond to this accident quickly. First, we carefully rigged up the vehicle and pulled it back on the road. Then we took it to a secure location, and we signed off on the job.

Flooded Roads Make Bad Driving Conditions

Severe rainstorms can cause pooling water on the road and flooding in the ditch. In worse-case scenarios, the flooding extends over the road and makes for hazardous driving conditions. You should always drive with extreme caution during and after storms, check road reports, and avoid travel if necessary.

To avoid needing an emergency towing service, avoid driving on roads that are covered in more than 6 inches of water. Don’t drive in it if you’re not sure how deep it is. You should be especially cautious at night or in poor visibility conditions.

If you hit a large puddle of water, it is easy to lose control. You could end up in the ditch, striking an obstacle or have the engine take in water. If this happens, call for 24-hour towing as soon as possible. Team Pro-Tow will respond quickly and remove your vehicle before the situation worsens or becomes hazardous for other drivers.

If You’re Not Sure, Avoid It

Most people ignore puddles on the road and blast right through them. If there has been heavy rainfall and flooding in the area, you should think twice before plowing through a pool of unknown depths. You can’t tell if the road is worn away, or if there is debris under the water. As mentioned before, you can lose control and suffer the same fate as this RAV4.

Driving through floodwaters can destroy your vehicle and put you in danger. If you ever find yourself in trouble, count on Team Pro-Tow for 24-hour emergency towing service.

Tipsy Tanker Truck Recovery

Tipsy Tanker Truck Recovery

Last summer, on July 15, 2020, Team Pro-Tow got a call for a truck recovery. A tanker truck had gone off the roadway and into the ditch. The tank it was hauling was nearly tipped over, balancing precariously on one wheel. One wrong move, and that tank could tip entirely.

Our team of highly skilled and trained operators arrived at the scene with our equipment to rescue the tanker truck. First, we set up a truck recovery plan and secured the rigging on the truck and tank trailer. Then, we straightened out the casualty using a heavy crane-style wrecker, so it was no longer in danger of flipping. Our team then towed the tanker truck safely out of the ditch.

A tipsy tanker truck requires an emergency towing service. If it flips, there will be damage, and depending on what is in the tank, it might spill hazardous materials.

Why do tankers tip and need truck recovery?

Like any truck that tips and needs an emergency towing service, an imbalanced load is typically the cause. With tanks, they carry liquid. Much of the time, it’s a potentially dangerous liquid like oil or gas. Or it could be caring milk, water, or even liquid animal feed. As the truck goes down the road, that liquid sloshes around the tank and could cause balance issues. It is especially hazardous on winding roads and in the wind.

When you imagine 5,000 to 10,000 plus gallons of liquid sloshing around, you can see why extra measures are required to maintain balance.

What prevents tanker trucks from tipping?

There are a few methods to help prevent tanker trucks from tipping and needing truck recovery. The most recent and commonly used system is an inflatable “airbag” made of rubber installed inside the tank. These airbags fill the empty space in the tank and will absorb the pressure of all those gallons of liquid. Essentially, it stops all that sloshing around during transport.

Even with technologies in place, accidents can still happen and need emergency towing service. For example, wind, weather, road conditions, traffic, and operator error can cause a truck to go into the ditch and lose balance. If this is the case, call Team Pro-Tow for truck recovery!