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5Th Wheel Down and Over, Needing Heavy Duty Towing on Snoqualmie Pass

5Th Wheel Down and Over, Needing Heavy Duty Towing on Snoqualmie Pass

On September 23, 2019 there was a heavy rainstorm on Snoqualmie Pass, creating low visibility and dangerous driving conditions. As a result, an unfortunate collision occurred, overturning a 5th wheel camping trailer during a busy weekend this fall. This poor camper needed heavy duty towing and accident recovery as quickly as possible.

Pro-Tow is on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and was quick to respond to this call. Using our specialized equipment, an overhead crane lift, we were able to load the 5th wheel carefully onto our truck. While our team was hard at work, we were able to keep lane closure to a minimum.

They may look sturdy, but if not lifted carefully, a camper like this can be easily damaged. From the images below, you’ll see the method we used to get this camper off the road and onto our flat bed truck. Before long, the accident was recovered, the trailer was ready for transport and traffic was moving again. If you get in a jam and need heavy duty towing, you know who to call.

What Causes a 5th Wheel Camper to Flip Over?

A lot of us enjoy RVing and 5th wheel trailers are a popular choice in Washington State. They are generally a stable and reliable rig but do come with some sway and roll over hazards that you should be aware of. Being aware of the risks, and using proper towing procedures, will greatly minimize that chance of needing heaving duty towing on your holiday!

Wind speed, how fast you’re traveling, improper towing of the 5th wheel and bad hitch weight distribution can all contribute to an RV turning over. In this incident, it was a collision. Before you tow a 5th wheel trailer, you should check the following:

  • Your truck’s towing capacity. Never tow a trailer that is heavier than your vehicles capabilities.
  • Get a sway bar. This helpful tool can even out the weight and height of the trailer while towing.
  • Ensure the trailer is level. If the trailer is not close to level, it could cause sway in high winds.
  • Secure the hitch. Double check the hitch before you pull out. If it’s not secure, the 5th wheel could come lose and roll over. This is very dangerous to you and other drivers on the road.
  • Check the weather. If the forecast calls for high winds, consider postponing the trip until the winds subside, especially if your trailer is very large.
  • Easy on the brakes. If you slam on the breaks, you could lose control of your trailer. This is especially true when going down hill or when driving in strong winds. Try lowering gears to slow down instead.
  • Don’t speed. The faster you go, the more likely the 5thwheel will sway. Reduce your speed and drive safe.

Remember, always drive to the conditions and give yourself plenty of time to get to your next destination. If you find yourself in trouble, give Pro-Tow a call. We offer emergency heavy-duty towing services around the clock.

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.

Pro-Tow Dislodges a Box Truck From a Power Pole on Highway 169

Pro-Tow Dislodges a Box Truck From a Power Pole on Highway 169

On August 6, 2019, Pro-Tow responded to a dispatched call regarding a semi-truck accident on busy Highway 169 near Maple Valley, WA. A commercial box truck had gone off the road and lodged into a power pole. We arrived on the scene along with the Washington State Patrol, Maple Valley Fire and Life Safety, and the Washington State Department of Transportation.

After checking in with the other agencies and Incident Command, we got straight to the task of accessing the scene and creating an initial recovery plan. To get this job done, we needed a heavy-duty incident response vehicle with special equipment as well as a medium-duty wrecker.

First, we had to cut off the badly damaged cargo box before any extraction could take place. Then, we had to get clearance from local utilities to ensure continuing with the recovery of this semi-truck accident was safe and not interfering with any of their lines. Finally, we installed a three-point rigging system to lift the vehicle from the power pole and ditch with the crane style wrecker.

Once the truck was out, we hooked it up using extensive safety precautions to transport it to a secure storage yard. Overall, we were able to minimize lane closures and minimize traffic congestion. The debris was all cleared from the accident, and we helped the owner’s agent with cargo and personal items before returning the equipment and closing the call.

When there is a semi-truck accident like this one, safety is our top priority. That includes the safety of the agent, the other agencies and responders on-site, our heavy equipment operators and drivers, and everyone driving near the incident on the highway that day. When you call Pro-Tow for accident recovery, you can be sure that the proper steps are taken to create and execute a safe and effective recovery plan.

Jack and Spill on The I-90

Jack and Spill on The I-90

In this incident which occurred on July 15, 2019, a tractor-trailer jackknifed on the Interstate Highway 90 in Snoqualmie, WA. The semi-truck accident caused the fuel tank to break open, spilling an entire tank of diesel fuel onto the roadway. Both Pro-Tow and Pro-Enviro were called to the scene to help with the semi-truck spill recovery and to get the busy highway open again for traffic.

We worked with the Department of Ecology, WashingtonState Department of Transportation, and WSP to safely execute semi-truck spill recovery. Because the spill was large, it required fast action by everyone at the scene. It is crucial to contain any contaminants, so they don’t go into nearby storm drains. In this case, there was a drain nearby, and so we needed to block it temporarily, clean it, and evacuate the hazard to prevent downstream diesel fuel spill contamination.

Why Do We Need To Protect Storm Drains?

Oil and fuel spills can present a significant threat to the environment. Unfortunately, stormwater pollution from regular urban runoff, close to vehicle and heavy machinery use, already creates a negative environmental impact. Whatever gets into those storm drains, will make its way eventually into natural waterways.

If one of your commercial vehicles has a spill and it contaminates the water,semi-truck spill recovery and containment are required immediately. Failure to do so can result in waterway contamination and hefty fines from government bodies. When a spill does occur, you are responsible for cleaning it up. If it is contained before it gets to the storm drain, the recovery is less involved and thus less expensive. So, the sooner you call Pro-Enviro to the scene, the more effective and affordable the cleanup cost. Plus, the less impact it will have on local waterways.