Driver Avoids Major Accident but Needs Tow Truck When Trailer Flips
When trying to avoid a major accident, tractor-trailer drivers sometimes inadvertently find themselves in need of tow truck services. Split-second thinking saved the day but necessitated some assistance in this situation. Tim’s Towing & Recovery is always happy to help with the proper equipment and knowledge.
On January 7, 2020, at 8 AM, the Savannah, Georgia Police Department called Tim’s Towing for assistance with an overturned trailer. When we arrived at the scene, a truck and trailer loaded with excavator parts lay on its side in the middle of the street. The driver of the semi slammed on brakes and swerved to avoid hitting a car that cut him off. A combination of the load’s weight and the momentum of the swerve caused the trailer to overturn.
In the rollover, the excavator parts became dislodged. As a result, Tim’s Towing & Recovery team first had to open the trailer while still on its side and extract the contents. Next, a sixty-ton rotator was pulled up to the underside of the overturned trailer. The tow truck team connected straps and cables from the rotator to the trailer and cab. Straps, cables, and wires were hooked from a thirty-five-ton wrecker to the cab and top of the trailer as well.
As the sixty-ton rotator lifted the trailer and cab, the wrecker pulled the trailer back into the upright position. A rollback sat ready to catch the truck. This ensured the force of the trailer didn’t cause it to go to overturn once again while putting the wheels back on the road.
With swift efficiency and response, Tim’s tow truck team fixed the situation and the tractor-trailer’s driver averted a major accident. We consider this job a win all around.
Details About Uprighting the Overturned Trailer With Tow Truck
When trying to prevent a potentially bad accident, semi drivers have to think quickly. In this case, the driver did just that but found himself in need of a tow truck. Tim’s Towing and Recovery responded to a call for tow truck services from the Savannah Police Department on January 7, 2020. When the tow truck team arrived, we found an overturned trailer in the middle of the street. The driver of the 18-wheeler swerved to avoid hitting a car that cut him off. Filled with excavator parts, the weight of the load caused the trailer to flip. This proved to be a job for our tow truck to handle. Before we could bring in the tow truck though, our team opened up the trailer to remove the dislodged load. Once the tow truck team extracted each of the pieces, they pulled a sixty-ton rotator up to the right side of the overturned trailer. Then, the tow truck team connected straps, cables, and wires from the rotator to the trailer and cab. The tow truck team also attached straps, cables, and wires from a thirty-five-ton wrecker to the cab and top of the trailer. Next, the tow truck team used the rotator to lift the trailer and cab while the wrecker pulled the trailer back into an upright position. Nearby, a rollback tow truck sat ready to catch the trailer to prevent it from going too far when putting it back on its wheels. Before long, with the assistance of the tow truck, all eighteen of the tractor-trailer’s wheels were back on solid ground. Tim’s tow truck team completed the job with efficiency and precision.
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