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Semi-Truck Accident Spills Container of Clothing on Highway 18

Semi-Truck Accident Spills Container of Clothing on Highway 18

Can’t Contain Myself!

On October 16, 2019, a semi-truck overturned on State Highway 18 near Fall City, WA in the early hours of the morning. The truck was hauling a shipping container full of clothes when it overturned. Pro-Tow was called in to assist with the semi-truck accident.

Pro-Tow quickly responded to the semi-truck accident call using our specialized recovery equipment, an overhead crane lift, to righten the truck and pull it back onto the road. Once back up, we then recovered the clothes and got them back into the closet for transport.

While our team worked as quickly as possible, we were able to keep lane closure to a minimum.

After the truck accident recovery, all lanes were re-opened, and everyone was able to return home safely and without incident.

Accident Recovery Management Prioritizes Safety

Two of the biggest concerns during truck accident recovery is the safety of those involved in the accident and the safety of any traffic driving near the accident.

Knowing that every situation and load involved is unique is key to establishing the right steps to safely recovering the truck involved in an accident. When Pro-Tow is called to a semi-truck accident, we first assess the situation and then create a recovery plan. We often work with the Washington State Police Department of Transportation (WSDOT) if any traffic lanes need to be blocked and traffic redirected. If the accident takes place at night or during the early morning, we also set up safety lighting around the site. This helps create a safety zone around the accident, making sure that visibility is not an issue. Our priority is the safety of those involved in the accident, those working to recovery the site and the local traffic.

Time Is Money

According to the WSDOT, every minute a lane is closed is four to ten minutes of traffic congestion. That’s why, when it comes to semi-truck accidents, we use our specialized recovery equipment to quickly and safely clear the roads. If traffic lanes need to be closed, we try to keep it to a minimal closure. Both traffic delays and delivery delays bring unwanted costs that we at Pro-Tow want to help avoid.

Spill Me A River: Semi Truck Spill Recovery on Federal Way, WA

Spill Me A River: Semi Truck Spill Recovery on Federal Way, WA

On September 18, 2019 this semi-truck and trailer jackknifed on Federal Way, Washington. It slammed through heavy jersey barriers, which caused a rupture in the fuel tanks. Approximately 200 gallons of diesel fuel and engine oil was spilled on the I-5. This incident required immediate semi-truck spill recovery. Team Pro-Tow and Pro-Enviro were quick to respond.

Keeping Motor Vehicle Fuel Out Of Storm Drains

One of the biggest concerns during a semi-truck spill recovery is containing the spill before it can run into a storm drain. If oil or diesel fuel goes into the drain, it can pollute the natural waterways. If you can get the spill before it does that, you can avoid contamination and, in some cases, fines from the local government.

When there is a spill, the owner of the truck or trucking company is responsible for clean up. Semi-truck spill recovery is less complicated and less expensive if the spill can be kept out of the storm drain. Plus, it causes less harm on the environment. In this accident, the recovery and cleanup service was performed quickly to prevent wreaking havoc on nearby waterways.

Products To Clean And Recover

During a semi-truck spill recovery job, products are used to assist with clean up. You’ll notice a light-colored, dust-type material around the spill in the images below. This product is made from recycled, chemically modified cellulose fibers. Using nitrogen, phosphorous and sulfur, the components literally consume hydrocarbons as food. It wicks away the diesel fuel and engine oil and assists with biodegradation of the harmful fluid. The toxins are absorbed, preventing them from getting into the ground or running into the storm drain.

Semi-truck Accident Recovery on Snoqualmie Pass

Semi-truck Accident Recovery on Snoqualmie Pass

On August 18, 2019, a semi-truck accident was blocking Exit 53 on Westbound I-90. The truck was severely damaged, and the busy Snoqualmie Pass needed to be opened as quickly as possible. Pro-Tow 24 Hour Towing was called to assist with semi-truck accident recovery.

We worked directly with the Washington State Department of Transportation and Washington State Patrol. Team Pro-Tow was able to bring the semi-truck back to the roadway for safe transport.

We used a specialized wrecker from Miller Industries to pull the truck back on the road and for the transport of the vehicle, and its parts. Then all residual debris and potential contamination were removed from the site, completing an efficient and safe semi-truck accident recovery plan.

What is a Wrecker?

In this recovery blog, you’ve seen us refer to the term “wrecker” frequently. A wrecker is a style of tow truck and is one of the most common driveable hauling machines used to assist with vehicle and semi-truck accident tow jobs. Wreckers are generally driven and operated by skilled drivers that have specific certifications.

Wreckers are commonly used to assist with accidents where the vehicle is totaled from the accident and is too damaged to be transported any other way. The wrecker is designed to make loading and towing easier, compared to other tow vehicles. It has a hydraulic lift system and a flatbed. It can be used to tow a vehicle or haul the entire thing on the flatbed.

Getting A Little Mud On The Tires

Getting A Little Mud On The Tires

Getting stuck is stressful in any vehicle. Getting a semi-truck stuck in the mud can be very stressful, but not when you have Pro-Tow to come to the rescue! We see a lot of stuck trucks in this business, and many are much worse than this, and every one of them requires heavy-duty towing to get them back on the road and back on the clock.

In this case, the semi-truck got stuck in the deep grass and spinning tires in the mud. The driver took a tight turn and came off the road just enough to get into this predicament. They needed heavy-duty towing as soon as possible.

Team Pro-Tow decided to use our top-of-the-line Century Rotator to get this truck unstuck. A tow truck equipped with this rotator was the best choice because it could carefully and safely get this truck out, without damaging either the truck or slightly twisted trailer. After making a plan for recovery, we were able to remove the truck from its muddy prison and get it back on its route.

Mud: A Truck Driver’s Worst Nightmare

For a logistics company, getting a truck stuck in the mud means a lot of stress for the driver, unpaid labor and in cases like this, a heavy-duty towing call-out. This truck was stuck on a road accident, but mud in unexpected places, like a lot or even highway pullout, can make life difficult for a truck driver.

Not every lot or pullout is smooth and paved, unfortunately. Many are gravel or dirt, and after a heavy rain, they cause problems for 18-wheelers. So, what can you do? If possible, semi-truck drivers should avoid muddy lots, surfaces with soft sand, a lot with ice or snow and loose gravel. If you’re unsure about a yard, park the truck and take a walk around. Spending a little time ensuring you won’t get stuck is worth the effort. It’s a lot less to deal with than getting stuck.

If a delivery lot is covered in mud, the delivery still must be made. You can’t cancel it because you might get stuck. That is why every driver should be equipped with a heavy-duty chain, shovel, tire chains, traction aids, rock salt Pro-Tows 24-hour emergency towing line. If you do get stuck, you can get the truck back on the road quickly if you’re more prepared.

Semi-Truck Tow Service Uprights a Flipped Dump Truckon I-405

Semi-Truck Tow Service Uprights a Flipped Dump Truckon I-405

90lbs of Wood Debris Spills in a Semi-Truck Accident in Kirkland, WA

Our Pro-Enviro division responds to the scene when there is diesel fuel, oil or other vehicle fluids spilled after a semi-truck accident. They weren’t needed in this case. This semi-truck end dump truck lost over 90lbs of wood debris, which thankfully, is completely biodegradable.

The end dump truck flipped onto its side during rush hour traffic on Interstate 405, north of Bellevue in Kirkland, WA. They required a prompt semi-truck tow service to get the truck back on its wheels and moved, so traffic could start flowing again. Our team provided this service, developing a recovery plan upon arriving at the semi-truck accident and executing it safely and effectively.

What is an End Dump Truck?

Almost all dump trucks use a hydraulic system to lift the bed used to transport material, but these systems come in various configurations. The most common dump truck will have an open-boxed bed that is in the rear of the truck. This box is lifted by hydraulic rams at the front, thus dumping the material out of the back of it.

An end dump truck also called a semi-trailer end dump truck, has the hydraulic dump system on a trailer that is pulled by the tractor. The dumping system is not attached to the truck itself. In the US, most end dump trucks have a 2-axle trailer with dual tires that is pulled by a 3-axle semi-tractor. The beds on these trailer end dumps are massive. They are used when more debris or material needs to be moved than a regular dump truck could carry.

The disadvantage? They’re unstable when raised in the dumping position. If the ground isn’t level, you typically couldn’t or shouldn’t use a semi-trailer end dump truck for the job. It could result in a semi-truck accident. Because this type of truck is larger and its operating parts more complex, they require a specialized semi-truck tow service to get them upright again if flipped. As always, Pro-Tow was up to the challenge.

Semi Truck Spill Recovery Saves Local Waterways

Semi Truck Spill Recovery Saves Local Waterways

Pro-Tow Responds to a Diesel Fuel Spill Containment Emergency in Tacoma, Washington.

When there is a hazardous spill caused by a semi truck accident, immediate response is required to reduce environmental impact. On August 2, 2016 after refueling, this semi truck’s trailer disconnected from the tractor, causing it to smash into the road and damage the diesel fuel tank.

Diesel had spilled and Pro-Tow was among many first responders on the scene including the Fife Fire Department, Fife Police Department, Fife Public Works, Department of Ecology and Love’s Truck Stop. Thanks to everyone quick response and hard work, the spill was contained, and no diesel leaked into nearby storm drains and waterways.

Why is fast response so important with semi truck spill recovery?

Simply put, you need to get the contaminant clean up quickly to reduce damage to the environment. A spill can contaminate waterways directly or through storm drains. It can also contaminate the ground and soil. If you get it contained before that happens, recovery will be far less extensive.

Not only is quick action better for the environment, it will also reduce your company’s spill recovery costs too. If you get it before it does too much damage, the clean up can be minimal.

What can a logistics company do to prepare for these kinds of accidents?

Any company that operates commercial vehicles should have a spill recovery plan in place. This plan should lay out responsibilities of staff and include a list of emergency numbers to call. On this list of contacts, you should include emergency response, regulatory agencies, applicable environmental protection agencies and semi truck spill recovery contractors like Pro-Tow. This way, you’ll know exactly who to call and will have all the information required to respond quickly and accurately.

When you have Pro-Tow on your emergency spill response team, you can count on us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Working along side fire, police, public works and other agencies, we will access the situation, contain and clean up the spill as quickly as possible. To learn more about our spill recovery process, contact us.