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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.

Just Need A Lift Semi-Truck Accident Near Snoqualmie

Just Need A Lift Semi-Truck Accident Near Snoqualmie

In this incident, on September 22, 2019, Pro-Tow responded to an emergency dispatch about a semi-truck that had gone off the road at state highway 18 and interstate 90 near Snoqualmie, WA. Fortunately, the semi-trailer was not damaged and only the back end had gone off the road. It needed an immediate semi-truck tow service to lift the trailer back on the road. The busy Snoqualmie highway needed to be opened as quickly as possible, so Pro-Tow was quick to respond.

We utilized one of our heavy-duty crane style wreckers and, working with a certified incident commander, we safely lifted the semi-trailer and returned it to the road. With it back on track, the busy intersection was reopened once again, and the semi-trailer continued on its way. This was an ideal case of well-managed truck accident recovery.

What Is An Incident Commander?

In this recovery blog, the term “incident commander” was mentioned regarding the recovery of the semi-truck accident. In an emergency situation such as this, an incident commander is a person in charge of all emergency responses. They assess the situation and quickly set priorities and objectives to help safely and efficiently resolve the incident. They are like the project manager of the truck accident recovery.

The incident commander is responsible for the safety of all those involved, including the incident response team, which in this case was Pro-Tow. In this incident, the focus of the semi-truck accident was to quickly and safely return the semi-trailer to the road so the highway could be reopened.

As always, your safety is our primary concern, which is why we offer both 24/7 service and always bring the proper, certified personnel and equipment with us. No matter what the problem, our certified team is always ready and there to help. So, if you ever find yourself in a jam, you know exactly who to call!

Riding The Roundabout – Narrowly Missing A Semi-Truck Accident Turnover

Riding The Roundabout – Narrowly Missing A Semi-Truck Accident Turnover

On September 21, 2019, Pro-Tow responded to an emergency dispatch from the Snoqualmie Police Department about a tractor-trailer that had nearly overturned after going onto the planter of a roundabout. We responded quickly to the incident, arriving with our heavy-duty emergency response personnel and equipment.

Once we arrived at the semi-truck accident, our team assessed the scene and began coordinating with all emergency management personnel to safely return the semi-trailer to the road. With the back end of the semi-trailer perched on the planter, our Pro-Tow team used our overhead crane lift to safely complete the semi-truck accident recovery. We brought the semi-trailer back to the road and did so without any additional damage. Once settled, the semi-trailer was able to continue on its way.

Truck Aprons At Roundabouts

Navigating a roundabout in any car, requires drivers to be aware, drive slowly and respect the right of way. Typically, roundabouts are designed with curves that force drivers to drive slowly anyhow. However, trying to traverse the same narrow roadway in a large semi-truck is even more complicated.

The larger the vehicle, the more accommodation needs to be considered. That’s where a roundabout truck apron comes in handy. Truck aprons are what allow larger trucks to safely navigate the turns of a roundabout. In a roundabout, the truck apron is located between the road and the inner circle of the roundabout, such as around the planter. They are designed to support the weight of larger trucks and provide a little extra road room to safely make the turns.

There is a disadvantage to truck aprons though, specifically if they are slightly raised. A top-heavy semi-trailer that needs to rely on the aprons to make a turn, may find itself tilted slightly. This can make the truck unstable and it could lead to an accident. As always though, Pro-Tow is always ready to help no matter what the situation may be.

Bobcat Takes A Nap

Bobcat Takes A Nap

In this incident on August 16, 2019, Pro-Tow responded to a recovery of a Bobcat S450 that had accidentally rolled over, after deciding it was time for a nap. Moving machinery like this typically requires a heavy-duty or semi-truck tow service. Luckily, the Bobcat rolled without any damage and Pro-Tow quickly straightened it up. Once recovered, the Bobcat carried on with its afternoon work without further incident.

Bobcat Safety First And Always

When you operate a Bobcat, it’s important to keep all safety procedures in mind both before and during operation. Before you start, make sure to do a pre-use inspection to check that everything is in working order. If not, repair what’s broken first. Skid steer loaders, such as the Bobcat S450 in this incident, should also be equipped with a cab and rollover protective structure. This is what will protect the driver in the event a rollover does happen, and reduce the need for a semi-truck tow service. And don’t forget your seatbelt!

How To Avoid Rollovers With A Bobcat

Bobcats are most at risk of a rollover when working on soft or steep ground or when the skid steer loader has become unstable or out of balance. You can avoid a rollover by making sure you don’t overload, lift loads too high in the air, and don’t drive too fast on rough or uneven surfaces. If the loader becomes unstable, it puts the entire Bobcat at risk of rolling over. Once a rollover starts, it’s hard to react quickly enough to prevent a full roll. When you are working in a Bobcat, make sure you constantly check your surroundings and whatever terrain you are driving on. Awareness is the key step to keeping safe when operating machinery.

If you ever find yourself in a situation you need help with without causing any damage, then Pro-Tow is the one to call for heavy machinery and semi-truck tow service. With our certified, drug tested, and background checked professionals, we can get you out of any situation, guaranteed!

House Crasher – Heavy Duty Towing Required

House Crasher – Heavy Duty Towing Required

On October 21, 2018, Pro-Tow responded to a dispatch call to help assist a car that had gone down an embankment and crashed into the side of a house. This accident needed heavy-duty towing. We arrived at the scene and reported to the command post, then did a scene inspection and formed our recovery plan.

First, we rigged a transport line to safely transport the rigging down approximately 75 feet at 100% grade. Once lowered, we secured the rigging to the car and used emergency communication devices as we slowly lifted the vehicle. Once the vehicle was safely removed from the house, we lowered it back to the ground to rest on its tires. Pro-Tow then safely winched the car up the embankment and lifted it onto the carrier to be transported to yard 2.

24-Hour Emergency Services For Big And Small Problems

While many of our recovery blogs handle semi-truck accidents or camper accidents, our 24-hour emergency towing is also there for regular vehicles as well. Our 24-hour services include helping fix breakdowns along the roads, accidents, cargo incidents and unexpected leaks or fuel spills. Or, as in this case, a crash into the side of a house. Safety is our priority at Pro-Tow, so if you find yourself in trouble, we have the services and tools to help.

We also have equipment ready for any situation, either big and complicated situations or situations that require big equipment. Pro-Tow also offers heavy lifting with our cranes, which are key in dealing with complex incidents such as with semi-truck accidents. As described in this recovery blog, we used heavy-duty towing and rigging to safely handle the incident.

Repairs To Get You Back On The Road

For emergency towing services, Pro-Tow also provides onsite service and roadside repair, should your vehicle need it. In situations that include large vehicles or heavy trucks though, especially those carrying a load, we understand the importance of safely reaching their destination.

That’s why, if after a safe rescue your vehicle needs repairs, Pro-Tow can take the vehicle to our Motorplex shops. They are located in either Auburn, WA or Spokane, WA. There the heavy-duty mechanic can do all the repairs you need to get back on the road. For fleet vehicles, our Motorplex technicians can also provide light auto work, to make sure your vehicles are in safe and working order.

Just remember, if you find yourself in an unexpected situation or emergency, stay calm and call Pro-Tow to help!

Spill And Slide On Highway 18 At Tiger Mountain

Spill And Slide On Highway 18 At Tiger Mountain

In this incident on October 12th, 2019, Pro-Tow responded to a call about a tanker truck that had overturned on Highway 18 at Tiger Mountain, spilling thousands of pounds of fuel, oils and grease. We arrived at the accident with Pro-Enviro, the Washington State Patrol and the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to handle this semi-truck spill recovery.

WSDOT activated their major incident response to stop traffic and close the highway so that our team could bring the necessary equipment and trained personnel. We immediately assessed the situation and created our recovery plan. To handle this semi-truck spill recovery, we required several specialized pieces of equipment.

Our Pro-Enviro division is called in anytime there is a vehicle fluid-related spill. Since oil and fuel spills are an environmental threat, we first focused on containing the spill on the roadway. Working with Bobcat Northwest and Pro-Enviro, the spill was collected and disposed of. From there, we then cleared debris from the accident and cleaned the road.

With the roads cleared, we were able to set up our specialized equipment to righten the semi tanker truck. We used specialized equipment from Miller Industries, Ashley Sling Inc. products and Sonetics wireless headsets, to upright the semi tanker truck. With the roads clear once more, we were able to reopen the busy roadway to let the traffic carry on through.

The Dangers Of Vehicle Fuel Spills

When a semi-truck accident includes a spill, it’s hazardous not only to people but especially so to the environment. If the diesel fuel is spilled on roads, it creates slippery services that are dangerous to traffic. As a mixture of different toxic chemicals, if any gets into groundwater it can contaminate drinking water or kill aquatic wildlife. Both oil and grease spills are the frequent culprit to loss of animal life, as the oil coats mammals’ fur leaving them at risk.

That’s why, during any semi-truck spill recovery incidents, Pro-Tow calls in Pro-Enviro to help quickly and safely contain the spills. Once any spills are contained, the fluids are cleared and properly disposed of. Here at Pro-Tow, we take the safety of our clients and our environment seriously, so we always work quickly to protect both.