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Auburn, WA 98001
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Maple Valley, WA 98038
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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.
Keep Team Pro-Tow and Pro-Enviro in your speed dial! 253-245-5454

Catch of the Day: An Overturned Box Truck

Catch of the Day: An Overturned Box Truck

A box truck flipped over and landed itself in a creek. When it came off the road, the front end became wedged against a large bush, contorting the box and damaging the connection between the box and the truck itself. This truck accident recovery required a full crane lift to fish it out of the creek. Watch the video to see how we lifted the box and truck with our new crane. It did feel a lot like fishing, and we caught ourselves a big one.

The Main Causes of Truck Overturns

The leading cause of a semi-truck overturn is a centrifugal force. If a truck is traveling along a curved road, that force will cause it to lean away from the direction of the curve. If it leans too much, it can roll over and require truck accident recovery services.

Box trucks like this one are more vulnerable because the trailer has a high center of gravity. How the box is loaded can make a huge difference in stability and safety. If the load isn’t balanced correctly, it is more likely to flip over on the road.

Tips for Preventing a Shifting Load

When loading a box truck, the loaders must be aware of how heavy the load is, and the overall weight distribution of the load in the box or trailer. Stacking loads higher near the cab is a common mistake. Uneven stacking could put too much weight on the front axle. The front axle typically has about half the gross axle weight rating of the rear axle.

Try to keep the load flat and even, and then make sure it is adequately secured. Pallets can shift easily on the road if they’re not strapped down, shrink-wrapped and centered. Always consider how every pallet and box will be contained while the truck is in motion. If the load shifts on the road and the truck is taking a curve, that truck and driver could require truck accident recovery. Contribute to the safety of the driver and everyone else on the road with careful, proper loading before the truck even pulls out of the lot.

Paper Roll Cargo Recovery

Paper Roll Cargo Recovery

#teamprotow called on to open I-90 after a semi-truck loses its fully loaded trailer nearly tumbling town the embankment. Saved by the jersey barrier, and a stroke of luck the load of paper rolls overturned but everyone was safe. The tractor towing the trailer lost the 5th wheel hitch it uses to connect to the trailer and they became separated. #teamprotow was called on to safely and quickly open all lanes with minimal closure time during an evening traffic period. Utilizing a heavy duty rotating crane style wrecker and a heavy duty wrecker #teamprotow was able to prevent any further loss of load.

Go Army, Tire Change with a Rotator

Go Army, Tire Change with a Rotator

#WashingtonStatePatrol #GoAarmy and #WSDOT calls on PRO-TOW to help with a tire chain for the Army Convoy on I-405 on Monday March 25, 2019 during rush hour traffic.  After the convoy suffered a flat tire, the team quickly went to work to replace the tire.  Unfortunately, due to its size the convoy was blocking lane 1 on NB I-405 in a busy area and a busy time of the day.  After suffering a failure with the team’s jack lifting the 40,000 pound vehicle, the command called on Pro-Tow with their 50 Ton Rotator crane style heavy duty wrecker.  The crane style wrecker was able to make quick and safe work with the overhead lift rotating over the hood.  Not blocking the highway, minimal lane closure, and huge lifting capacity got the team back in the convoy and traffic flowing normally in #RentonWa.   #Millerindustries #teamprotow #xtrema #phillystran #crosbyindustries 

International Box Truck Recovery Overturned in Preston, WA on I-90

International Box Truck Recovery Overturned in Preston, WA on I-90

Washington State Patrol calls on #teamprotow to recover an overturned 26 foot International box truck recovery loaded with packages destined to the Philippines for a critical overnight shipment.  After hitting a 6 point bull elk, the driver lost control near Preston, WA.in freezing and snowy temperatures.  Unfortunately, the elk died, however, the driver and passenger were okay.  The elk was salvaged and utilized under the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife salvage program that came into law on July 1, 2016.   Complicating the box truck recovery was the weight of the packages and the damage caused to the roof of the International Box truck necessitating an emergency cargo unload in difficult conditions.  Using a compact track loader from Bobcat Pacific Northwest in Auburn, WA, #teamprotow was able to reload all cargo packages and get them back headed for the Philippines. 

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Wheelie! Yard Goat and Shipping Container Overturned in Sumner, WA

Wheelie! Yard Goat and Shipping Container Overturned in Sumner, WA

#teamprotow called on to upright an overturned yard goat and fully loaded shipping container that had precariously overturned in a Sumner, WA logistics yard.  Dangling in an awkward location and angle, Pro-Tow personnel used a heavy duty rotating crane style wrecker to upright, while using a specially equipped heavy duty wrecker to support and recover the dangling yard goat safely to the ground.  #teamprotow trained and certified operators, Miller Industries wreckers, SavaTech specialty high pressure lifting bags, Ashley Sling, Inc. products, Sonetics wireless headsets, and specialty rigging equipment from Crosby to safely and successfully solve the problem.