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Tundra on the Prowl Needs Accident Recovery

Tundra on the Prowl Needs Accident Recovery

On September 24th, 2020, In this incident, Team Pro-Tow received a call about a multi-vehicle collision. A Toyota Pickup with a travel trailer had become stuck on the concrete barrier and needed rescuing. We called WSP about the situation and got permission to use the emergency turn around and shoulder for the accident recovery.

Truck Rescue

The Fire Department had arrived ahead of us and contained a fuel leak from the truck. The Toyota pickup was also still attached to its trailer, so a planned accident recovery process was ordered. The owner approved the rescue method, and we sent for a Heavy Mobile Rotating Crane Truck to help with the work. Once all the equipment arrived, our skilled team got straight to work.

To avoid further damaging the truck, we used spreader bars to lift the vehicle off the barrier. While our team handled the accident recovery, Pro-Enviro controlled the spill cleanup. We successfully lifted the truck, but then a new problem sprung up. The fuel from the tank began pouring freely onto the road. Pro-Enviro quickly handled the emergency spill cleanup and re-dispatched it for the Fire Department because of the safety risk of a fire.

Up And Away

With the truck and trailer safely lifted and the spill contained, we returned the combination onto the roadway. From there, we separated the truck from the trailer and loaded it onto the flatbed. For extra safety, we used a four-point tie-down.

We took the trailer back to the storage yard and all absorbent materials and debris from the spill cleanup. All equipment was returned to its original condition and location, with meticulous care to ensure everything was immaculate.

With all the paperwork finished, we got the cleared call. Another spill cleanup and accident recovery handled with skill and ease by Team Pro-Tow and Team Pro-Enviro.

Wrong-Way On The I-90 Needs Heavy Truck Towing

Wrong-Way On The I-90 Needs Heavy Truck Towing

In this incident, on June 16th, 2020, we received an emergency dispatch from the WSP about an out-of-area semi-truck collision near North Bend, WA. WSP specifically requested heavy-duty wreckers to handle the heavy truck towing and trailer block on the roadway. We dispatched two, plus one heavy-duty crane-style wrecker and one heavy-duty recovery wrecker.

Four-lane Block

At the scene, we found all four lanes were entirely blocked. Approximately 200 feet of the area was covered in motor vehicle oil. We called in a request for spill response and cleanup help from Pro-Enviro.

With a spill this large, we followed the WS Department of Ecology Preferred Response Contractor program and called dispatch for more equipment. We also got two additional operators with HAZWOPER certificates. Once the extra help arrived, we mitigated the spill and handled the semi-truck accident recovery. Our team safely moved the tractor and trailer out of the lanes and onto the shoulder where it was safe while we continued to work.

Continued Cleanup and Recovery

Our team continued to treat and clean up the roads until they were clear. We used treatment, road cleaners, and absorbent pads to contain the mess. The street sweeper and compact track loader helped with the process as well. Only once the asphalt was back to DOE, and WSP standards could the lanes be reopened. Until then, our team worked tirelessly and extensively, ensuring the roads were safe and ready to reopen.

Once they were, we moved all the equipment to the closed shoulder to assemble, load, and transport everything back to the storage yard. Once there, we did extensive reconditioning of all our equipment and supplies to be ready for another call. Reconditioning is always a vital part of semi-truck accident recovery.

With everything ready to go, we were ready to handle the next involved heavy truck towing.

If you require truck accident recovery, give Pro-tow 24-Hour Towing a call.

Second Canmandment: Truck Accident Recovery on SR18

Second Canmandment: Truck Accident Recovery on SR18

In this incident, on October 28th, 2020, A tractor-trailer had overturned on the onramp to WB SR18 and needed two heavy-duty recovery wreckers to help with this emergency incident response. We sent the requested equipment to the scene and then reported to the incident command post for further scene evaluation. We found that motor vehicle fluid was leaking onto the roadway and under the container. Once we got authorization from the driver’s agent, we began our truck accident recovery work.

Pro-Enviro also came to the scene with special equipment to handle the spill, including a flatbed tow truck, dump trailer, and compact track loader with specialized attachments. After some calculations, we needed even more specialized equipment. We called for a heavy-duty Landoll and another heavy-duty recovery wrecker to handle this recovery.

Truck Accident Recovery Process Begins

With the necessary equipment all ready, our team first disconnected the frame from the overturned container. Instead of righting the container, we decided to transport it on its side on the Landoll trailer. We carefully calculated the container’s condition, location, weight, and unknown cargo to make sure we could do the truck accident recovery safely.

Once the container was detached, we successfully righted the tractor and set it up for transport to a safe location while the emergency incident response work continued. Using a heavy-duty rotating crane style wrecker, we performed an overhead crane lift. We then prepared to load the container onto the Landoll. For added safety we installed specialty rigging to help with the limit for safe working loads.

We successfully lifted the container but a new problem arose as the refrigerator fuel tank began to steam. We immediately deployed our recovery personnel to begin safe control measures to contain the new leak. Once it was safely contained, our team finished loading the suspended container and safely secured it, finalizing our emergency incident response. While our team moved the container and tractor to our secure storage yard, Pro-Enviro continued the roadway’s extensive cleanup work.

Measures to Save The Cargo

Even at the storage yard, there was more work to do to complete the job. During the set-up for a safe unload and righting of the container, it began to bulge on one side and make noises immediately deemed unsafe. To prevent the risk of bursting, we left the container until morning when our team could have better light to revaluate the final steps of the truck accident recovery.

Crawford and Co., the insurance company, requested extraordinary measures to save the cargo inside the container. With authorization, we did a temperature test and visual inspection. We found the cargo was still frozen, so there was still a chance to save it. Our skilled team safely lifted the container without further damage. The customer supplied the necessary chassis with a power unit to power the refrigerated unit once again. A service tech handled the installation for us and continued to do service calls to ensure everything remained frozen.

Despite being a much more involved job, our team handled it safely and thoroughly. A successful truck accident recovery complete, with the cargo saved too!

If you require truck accident recovery, give Pro-tow 24-Hour Towing a call.

Lodged Truck and Trailer Need Heavy Duty Towing in Sumner, WA

Lodged Truck and Trailer Need Heavy Duty Towing in Sumner, WA

In this incident, on September 6th, 2020, Pro-Tow responded to an emergency dispatch for a truck and trailer overturned into a ditch in Sumner, WA. The fully loaded truck was leaking oil and diesel fuel and was blocking the roadway. We had to get there with Pro-Enviro Motor Vehicle Spill Response as soon as possible.

We sent in our HD rotating crane style wrecker and heavy-duty recovery wrecker for the job. Once on-site, we talked with the incident command post to assess the situation. Two immediate risks were a running, fish-bearing stream on the other side of the roadway and a storm drain within 100 feet. Contaminations of either of these would be hazardous, so we moved quickly on this truck accident recovery.

An assessment of the trailer found diesel fuel, coolant, and hydraulic oil dribbling from the tank. The spill recovery required was extensive.

The trailer itself was also carrying various cargo, including what appeared to be 31 tons of salt like substance. The heavily damaged trailer had become stuck in the embankment, alongside trees and the ditch. We called for additional equipment, including a compact track loader, flatbed tow truck, major incident special equipment support vehicle, and extra hands.

Truck Accident Recovery

Our Pro-Tow team worked with the Sumner Police Department and City of Sumner Public Works to authorize our recovery plan. Once given the authorization, we began our work.

Using rigging, we dislodged the trailer’s rear from the muddy embankment and then emptied the trailer load. The emptying process continued with the help of our rotator. Then, using recovery wreckers, we began the safe process of rightening the truck. This process was extra complicated as the roadway barely had a shoulder and a very narrow hairpin turn. The road began to fail during the process, so we installed additional ground bearing to increase the truck accident recovery process’s safety. This action helped to further damage to the roadway.

With our attention to safety, the truck was successfully rightened and ready to prepare for heavy-duty towing to the storage yard. All necessary equipment was reconditioned and returned to the original locations, prepared for the next call.

Team Pro-Enviro then handled spill recovery cleaning for the roadway of the spilled fuel, oil, and cargo products. They also tackled the extensive cleanup of the ditch spill, which had leaked during the truck recovery.

All Nighter

Our qualified professionals continued to work tirelessly, continuing the work with a 4-hour calling process to coordinate with various people and companies. It turns out the salt-like substance that spilled from the trailer was livestock feed. We got a good-faith estimate from the truck owner and found a local dairy farmer willing to take a substantial amount of the animal feed for their lucky cows. We then obtained the necessary soil samples for testing and continued to work through the next morning until we finished the cleanup. Our team finalized all the required paperwork, reconditioned any final equipment, and got the all-clear call.

Team Pro-Tow and Team Pro-Enviro complete another heavy-duty towing and spill recovery job successfully!

If you require truck accident recovery, give Pro-tow 24-Hour Towing a call.

Split Trailer Blocking the I-405 in Renton Needed Accident Recovery

Split Trailer Blocking the I-405 in Renton Needed Accident Recovery

On August 31st, 2020, Team Pro-Tow received a dispatch requesting a heavy-duty tow truck to assist with a semi and a fully loaded trailer that was stuck and blocking the highway. The trailer had melted in the middle and collapsed on the I-405 near Renton, WA.

Our team arrived to perform accident recovery, pushing through heavy traffic. We reported to the incident command on-site, including the Washington Department of Transportation, Washington State Police, and the driver of the truck-in-trouble. After some planning, we got authorization to start with heavy-duty tow and load recovery services.

Load Recovery

Both Team Pro-Tow and our Pro-Enviro division worked to unload the broken trailer. We lifted the load, piece by piece, and loaded it carefully on our flatbed trailer. We used our heavy-duty tow truck with a rotating crane-style wrecker to lift the pallets loaded with cargo out of the trailer. Once they were out of the trailer and on the road, the bobcat forklift moved them onto the flatbed. With the shipment secured on our flatbed, it was ready to move out of the way to a safe location.

Trailer Accident Recovery

Now it was the trailer’s turn. We performed an overhead crane lift using specialized equipment at the crack of the trailer. We got it lifted safely and loaded on a flatbed trailer. We had to lift and move the trailer in two separate pieces. Then both Team Pro-Tow and Team Pro-Enviro got to work cleaning up debris so we could open things back up for the rush hour traffic on the I-405.

Load Recovery Continued

Once we used a heavy-duty tow truck and trailer to get the broken trailer’s cargo in our yard, it was time to unload. We neatly stored the loaded pallets in our secure property so the customer could come to retrieve it when they could and get it reloaded to complete their delivery. We signed off the paperwork and performed a manifest of the debris.

Another successful accident recovery and load recovery for Team Pro-Tow!

If you require truck accident recovery, give Pro-tow 24-Hour Towing a call.

Holy Smoked – Burnt Out Truck Accident Recovery

Holy Smoked – Burnt Out Truck Accident Recovery

This summer and fall, Washington State was in crisis mode due to wildfires. In this incident on September 10, 2020, during this wildfire crisis, a battery cable shorted out in this truck while the driver was asleep in the sleeper berth. It started a fire, destroying the tractor. Fortunately, the driver was able to evacuate and get to safety in time.

Team Pro-Tow and Team Pro-Enviro were called to the scene to assist with the truck accident recovery and spill recovery. The tractor was destroyed and was lifted onto a flatbed trailer for transport. The trailer, though it suffered notable damage, was in good enough shape to be towed away.

Once the tractor and trailer were out of the way, we got to work on the spill recovery. With the help of industry partners, we got to work clearing debris and cleaning the contaminated area. After a long day on the job, we completed the truck accident recovery. The scene was cleaned up and looking like it never happened.

What Causes Vehicle Fires?

A failure in a vehicle’s electrical system is one of the leading causes of vehicle fires. Battery cables carry enough current to ignite anything combustible. If the cables have frayed or are losing insulation, it can cause a short circuit. A charging battery will produce hydrogen gas, and this is combustible. Combine the two, and you’ll likely have a fire.

There are things in the vehicle’s electrical system to help prevent arcing and short-circuiting. Fuses and circuit breakers add safety to the system, but all components can break down over time. Poor installation or repair jobs and not regularly inspecting the system can render these safeguards useless in extreme cases.

While proper maintenance of your fleet vehicles can help prevent most vehicle fires, accidents still can happen. In this case, it was fortunate the driver woke up in time to escape safely from the vehicle.

If you require truck accident recovery, give Pro-tow 24-Hour Towing a call.