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Truck Accident Recovery on Tiger Mountain Summit

Truck Accident Recovery on Tiger Mountain Summit

In this incident on October 22, 2019, Team Pro-Tow responded to an emergency dispatch from the Washington State Police about a tractor-trailer that had overturned on the I-90 at Tiger Mountain Summit. The trailer was loaded with laundry and had gone 20 feet off the roadway. 

We dispatched a heavy-duty rotating crane style wrecker and a heavy-duty recovery truck. At least one lane of WB was able to be left open, because of the location of the crash. To safely handle this truck accident recovery, we brought in another heavy-duty crane style wrecker. Leaking fuel oil and motor oils were spreading across the roadway, so we dispatched our spill response equipment and a team to safely handle the fuel spill cleanup.

Pro-Tow reported to the incident command post and after reviewing the situation, we created a recovery plan. This job required difficult additional rigging, equipment and careful operation because of the location of the truck. First, we installed rigging and performed a test lift to make sure all emergency personnel would be safe. Specialized high-pressure air bags were used to lift the trailer, and wide recovery straps were added for support to prevent any rupturing.

We were able to not only safely and successfully upright the truck, but we were able to do so with minimal lane closure and in little time. With the truck accident recovery successful, the truck was then moved to a nearby parking lot.

Moving Onto Cleanup Duty

Next was handling the excessive amounts of casualty debris on the roads. The debris was collected and contained, and the roadway swept and cleaned. The embankment also needed reshaping, which we did to the maximum practical extent. Emergency fuel spill cleanup response protocols were implemented to handle the fuel and motor oil spills and a compact trailer used to remove the contaminated soil.

In the end, the tractor and trailer were safely transported to the storage yard, and all equipment was returned to its original location. A job well done and safely handled by our Pro-Tow team!

Smoked in Issaquah: Heavy-Duty Tow Needed for Burnt Out Tractor and Trailer

Smoked in Issaquah: Heavy-Duty Tow Needed for Burnt Out Tractor and Trailer

On March 7, 2020, Team Pro-tow received an emergency dispatch regarding a fully burned-out semi-tractor and trailer that was blocking the I-90 near Issaquah, WA. The Washington State Police requested a heavy-duty tow truck to the scene, as well as a cleanup crew to clean up the truck accident and get the roadway back open.

Team Pro-Tow Quickly Responds

Without delay, we were able to mobilize a team of professional semi-truck accident recovery personnel, and the heavy-duty tow equipment required to handle this unusual and challenging incident. Both Pro-Tow and Pro-Enviro were on the scene, bring our specialized equipment, and certified and trained operators in no time. We were ready to get to work on this recovery.

Hookup, Tow, and Cleanup

After surveying the scene of the fire and truck accident, Team Pro-Tow was able to safely hook up the semi-tractor and trailer to our towing equipment and remove it from the roadway. Once the tractor and trailer were out of the way, we employed our truck accident recovery and cleanup crew. To do this, we used a Bobcat compact track loader, industrial-grade grapple, and a specialized street sweeper.

All the debris, ashes, truck parts, and contaminates were cleaned up and secured in a dump trailer for safe disposal. Our tireless teams worked through the night to restore I-90 to a safe condition, so all regular travel on the roadway could continue.

Once the cleanup and truck accident recovery was complete, all Pro-Tow and Pro-Enviro teammates returned the tractor and trailer to our secured storage yard in Auburn, WA. Here, we continued unloading the debris, prepared the manifest, and completed an extensive cleanup of all equipment.

Service Undisrupted During COVID-19 Crisis

Pro-Tow, Pro-Enviro, and Motorplex would like to inform our clientele, and the greater public, that there will not be a disruption in service as we endure the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that the trucking industry is critical at this time, moving vital medical supplies, food, and goods throughout the nation. We are committed to supporting this industry, through our heavy-duty towing and repair services as well as full accident and spill recovery services.

RV Parking Results in Heavy Duty Towing

RV Parking Results in Heavy Duty Towing

Parking your large RV may seem like a simple task until suddenly it’s not. In this incident, Pro-Tow quickly responded to an RV that had tipped over against the side of the road. They needed heavy-duty towing. Luckily, a nearby tree provided the perfect support to keep the RV from fully rolling over.

Pro-Tow was able to solve the problem quickly, professionally and, most importantly, safely. We straightened the RV in no time and without any further damage. If you do find yourself in need of any RV repairs, Pro-Tow also has a division for just that with our Motorplex. Otherwise, if it’s heavy-duty towing you need, then anytime near Auburn, Spokane and Maple Valley, Washington, Pro-Tow is the professionals to call.

How To Load Your RV For Stability

Given the right circumstances, even a RV can very easily tip over. In this recovery blog, the RV was lucky to lean against a tree, but more serious tips can result in a rollover and cause serious damage and expense. You can help avoid this issue by properly loading your RV with low-down weight. This method is practical as well, as a poorly loaded RV will make finding things again difficult.

When loading your RV, keep the weight bottom-heavy and make sure that whatever you pack is spread over the coach’s axles. Properly distributing the weight will make it less likely for your RV to tip over, because the even weight will keep things in balance. You want to avoid an accident, damage to your RV and the need for heavy-duty towing.

How To Safely Park An RV

Make sure that when you park your RV, you give yourself enough space to also leave the spot again. RV’s aren’t the best when it comes to maneuverability, so if you park somewhere cramped, it may cause issues when you want to leave.

Also, don’t park on the side of a road or near any dips in case it offsets the RV and puts it at risk of tipping over. Instead, park on a flat surface and make sure you put blocks in front of the tires to avoid any runaway RVs. Then, check to make sure your RV is level and stabilized. This is important not only for later when you go to sleep, but also when it comes to ensuring your RV doesn’t sway around or risk tipping over.

If you’re parking at a rest stop or roadside pullout for a break or to check out an attraction on the road, inspect the area first. If it’s too close to a ditch, like in this incident, or if the spot is wet or soft, avoid it.

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.

Truck Accident Recovery for Dump Truck Ditched in Ravensdale

Truck Accident Recovery for Dump Truck Ditched in Ravensdale

On March 6th, 2020, Sometimes we don’t know how extensive an accident is until we arrive on the scene. With this incident, a dump truck had landed itself in the ditch. We received a dispatch for truck accident recovery and provided a quote to the customer based on the images we had received. He declined but called back later in the day, asking for one of our trucks to come out to help with a straight and forced winch extraction.

When Team Pro-Tow arrived on the scene, we discovered an incredible fuel spill had occurred from the accident. We estimate around 50 gallons of fuel on the ground with considerable groundwater contamination. This truck accident recovery was a job for Pro-Enviro Spill Response. We were not prepared at the moment to safely handle the truck accident recovery properly.

Team Pro Enviro To The Rescue

The next day, we got the call to come to clean up the mess, and we went prepared with Pro-Enviro’s full spill recovery and response equipment and supplies. We also needed some heavy-duty machinery to deal with the ditched dump truck. That included a heavy-duty crane wrecker, recovery wrecker, recovery support vehicle, and all the trained operators to get the job done.

On the scene, we saw that the client had vacuum trucks already working on the initial clean up stages. Once that was complete, we accessed the incident and came up with a plan for spill recovery and truck accident recovery. Once our cranes performed an overhead lift of the dump truck to get it back on the road, we got to work cleaning up the spilled fuel.

Fixed The Leaky Tank

Because of regulations and a general concern for safety and the environment, we could not transport the damaged dump truck before fixing the leak in the fuel tank. We were able to give it a temporary fix to keep it from dripping fuel on the route. Then we took it to a secured storage yard and installed a portable parking stall containment berm to prevent any potential leaks from contaminating the area.

The Faster the Response, the Better

When there is a fuel or oil leak involved, the faster you can get a spill recovery team on the scene, the better. In this case, it took several calls and visits before the proper truck accident recovery team and equipment arrived to help. In the meantime, spilled fuel continued to spread and contaminate the area around the accident. The more extensive the spill, the more expensive the cleanup. Remember, the cleanup and cost is the responsibility of the truck company in the accident.
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