Upside Semi and Heavy Duty Towing

How Heavy Duty Towing the Right Way Can Prevent Traffic Problems

It is good to know you are loved even in the heavy duty towing business. Last week, Tim’s Towing and Recovery got a call to recover a semi that had completely flipped upside down into a ditch. It was at the entrance to the exit ramp of I-516 to US Highway 17 in Savannah. The Georgia State Police had intended to call a different heavy duty towing company. Our client insisted that he call Tim’s Towing and Recovery.  We have spent years taking care of this client and they trust us to think a little different, save money and do things right. We are very grateful to the officer from the GSP for honoring our clients request.

So, we came out and looked. We found an upside-down semi. After a bit of head-scratching, we decided to leave the semi upside down. As you can see we lifted the semi straight up and out of the ditch and over to our Landoll Trailer that held it perfectly. We thought, Why waste time trying to upright the semi on the open road and keeping the exit ramp shut down. Better to bring it back to the yard at Tim’s Towing and Recovery.

Thanks to all involved. Dan Dale and Kevin Dale helped rig (and drive) the Landoll.  Thanks to the CHAMP unit for traffic control. A special thanks to the Savannah PD and the Georgia State Police for all their help.  And thanks to Dale for taking such great pictures.

We think this is a great example of being smart and not wasting time doing things that just aren’t necessary.  

 

Semi resting on landoll after heavy duty towing recovery

Semi resting on landoll after heavy duty towing recovery

Semi hovering over Landoll heavy duty towing flatbed

Semi hovering over Landoll heavy duty towing flatbed

Rotator getting ready to- lift semi from ditch during heavy duty towing

Rotator getting ready to- lift semi from ditch during heavy duty towing

 

Details of Heavy Duty Towing of Upside Down Semi

A semi was upside down at I-516 and US Highway 17 near Savannah, GA, and needed heavy duty towing and then heavy duty hauling..  A call came into Tim’s Towing and Recovery to come in and upright the semi Our client insisted on Tim’s while the Georgia State Police Officer tried to involve another company. We are grateful to the police officer for honoring our customers request.  When the heavy duty towing specialists arrived at the site they stood back and assessed the situation. Time was of the essence and we didn’t want to block traffic for longer then necessary, We decided to set the big rig on the Landoll trailer and then tow it to the yard at Tim’s Towing and Recoveyr where we could do it without cars waiting to get by. First, we used the 60 Ton Rotator that we call the MS Savannah to lift the Semi.  Our team doing the heavy duty towing effort attached a hook to the first support near the left front tire. Next, we attached a hook on the support near the right front tire. We then continued the heavy duty towing effort with a support point near the back left tire and the back right tire. We then lifted the semi high into the air, making sure all the cable were supporting the big rig. Next, the heavy duty towing specialists slowly set the semi down on the back of the Landoll trailer.  The next step was detaching the hooks…however, the semi needed to be secured. Using a four-point system the heavy duty towing team carefully secured the semi to the Landoll trailer. Next, the hooks were removed. The semi was then driven to our lot were we could upright the semi. Again, the rotator was attached to the semi, much like before. We carefully lifted the semi into the air and set it down. Next, the heavy duty towing team attached hooks to support points on the semi. The other end ws attached to a heavy wrecker. The heavy wrecker winched the semi, upright. Next, the heavy duty towing team attached the semi to the back of a heavy wrecker so we could tow it back to their location.

 

 

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