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Maple Valley, WA

23933 SE 264th St
Maple Valley, WA 98038

Auburn, WA

420 H St NW
Auburn, WA 98001
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.

Semi Truck Accident Recovery On A Busy Interchange – Northbend, WA

Semi Truck Accident Recovery On A Busy Interchange – Northbend, WA

Pro-Tow Had Traffic Flowing In Just 35 Minutes.

When there is an accident involving a semi, you need a heavy duty towing service that can get the job done quickly and safely. In this semi truck accident on June 23, 2015, a truck carrying 90,000lbs of beer battered onion rings overturned on Highway 18, near North Bend, WA.

It was right at the interchange from Interstate 90 to Westbound 18, so this incident needed quick truck accident recovery services to allow traffic to flow. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in this accident, but the truck suffered some heavy damage.

Pro-Tow 24-hour towing responded to the semi truck accident with the special equipment necessary to recover the site quickly, efficiently and safely. Our team of highly trained tow drivers met each challenge with their experience and expertise. Like every call we get, the Pro-Tow team quickly developed a plan that got the site fully operational in as little time possible. We had the semi turned back over, site recovered and traffic flowing with just 35 minutes of blocking traffic.

There was some damage to the generator that ran the refrigeration in the truck’s cargo hold. Thankfully our team was able to repair the generator, get power back running to the refrigeration unit and save the onion rings. Thought the trailer and truck in this incident was unable to continue transport, load recovery was possible – the silver lining in an unfortunate accident.

Why Do Semi Trucks Overturn?

Semi trucks can flip over when they change directions too quickly or there is an unbalanced load. It’s all about physics. If a semi truck is driving around a curve, there will be a centrifugal force pushing it away from the direction of the curb. Going to fast, having an unbalanced load or a turn that’s too tight can strengthen that centrifugal force and make the truck tip.

These trucks are made for hauling, so they’re massive. Therefore, they were not designed for maneuverability. While drivers can be as careful as possible, our clients can rest assured knowing that the Pro-Tow team is ready to respond to any accidents that might occur with our 24-hour heavy duty semi truck tow service. Using our fleet of specialized, heavy-duty tow equipment, our experienced team will get your truck right-side-up and the site restored as quickly as possible.

Upsy Daisy on I-90 in Issaquah, WA

Upsy Daisy on I-90 in Issaquah, WA

#teamprotow called on to perform an overhead lift for a semi-trailer heavily loaded with gravel that had become dislodged and jammed in the frame of the 2013 Peterbilt 378. #WSDOT Incident Response responded immediately to assist with lane closure and for quick clearance of the busy Issaquah section of I-90. After dislodging the semi-trailer from the Peterbilt, a replacement Freightliner was able to be successfully connected and the roadway fully opened.

Tipping At The TA, North Bend, WA

Tipping At The TA, North Bend, WA

#teamprotow called on to lift a semi-trailer load of paint that had missed the entrance driveway and was leaning against a high voltage powerline. The busy truck stop in North Bend was jammed full of semi’s fueling up before and after delivering their loads to their customers in Seattle, WA. #teamprotow responded to the scene immediately to open the roadway. The semi and trailer weighed in at approximately 80,000lbs, but with Pro-Tow’s Heavy Duty Rotating Crane Style Wrecker-the problem was solved quickly and safely.