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  3. That's a hard hit, drivers got to be feeling that for a week or so.
  4. Ontario Provincial Police - Highway Safety Division posted yesterday: Your day can go from good to really bad, really fast. This happened on the QEW last week. Fortunately no injuries.
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  7. 6-3-14 Received a call from MA State Police to respond immediately to the area of Rte. 140S between exits 8 & 7 for a serious commercial motor vehicle accident involving a loaded tractor trailer combination unit that wound up in the thickly-wooded area off the right shoulder of the roadway. Apparently, the unit lost control heading north on Rte. 140, travelled across both northbound lanes, ventured into the center grassy median, hurdled over the steel guide wire cable separating the two sides of the highway, travelled across both southbound lanes, and finally came to rest in the thickly-wooded area off the shoulder of the highway after taking down dozens of trees. The loaded tractor trailer’s momentum came to an abrupt halt when the unit finally struck a large cluster of trees and became jackknifed around this cluster, with large stumps protruding directly underneath the diesel fuel tank as well as wedged between the tractor tandems. Since the unit initially was headed northbound, it was now facing the opposite way of the flow of traffic off the southbound lane and therefore needed to be removed without causing an environmental catastrophe, as well as being turned around so that it could be facing the correct direction of travel at the end of the recovery process. Given the severity of the accident at hand, both of our heavy duty rotating style crane recovery units were dispatched to the scene, as well as our HAZMAT Response Truck, in addition to our mini excavator. Once on scene, our crews began using chainsaws to begin to cut a path to reveal the actual location of the tractor and to gain access to view if there had in fact been an environmental spill already created which needed to be tended to. As crew members used the chainsaws to cut down numerous trees, our mini excavator was used to remove the cut down trees and dig up the stumps left behind. This was a tedious process which consisted of knocking down dozens of trees that crew members could not reach with the chainsaw and placing the cut limbs into piles throughout the affected area. Once access was gained to the location of the tractor, it was deemed that there were several critical stumps that needed to be removed prior to the recovery process commencing. There was a large stump wedged between the frame rails and the front tractor tandem as well as between the tractor tandems, themselves. With the use of our mini excavator, we were able to dig underneath the frame of the tractor to create enough of a gap where the bucket and thumb could remove the stump. This same process was performed on the stump located between the tandems as well. After the passenger’s side was free of any visible stumps our mini excavator then continued to create a path onto the driver’s side of the tractor. On the driver’s side, there was a large stump located behind the rear trailer tandems which was dug up and removed in the same manner the previous ones were. However, the most crucial stump was located directly underneath the diesel fuel tank. Miraculously, during the initial impact the fuel tank was only badly damaged and was not compromised. However, removing the stump out from underneath the nearly full diesel fuel tank was far too risky. With that in mind, our crews decided to pump the diesel fuel into DOT approved HAZMAT drums prior to removing the stump to ensure that no environmental spill was created. With the use of our air-powered hole saw drill, a small hole was drilled into the top of the fuel tank. This was done because there was a steel screen underneath the location of the fuel cap which prevented our siphoning hose from entering the tank. After the hole was drilled, the fuel transfer process began. Seeing as the fuel tank was nearly full, it took the use of nearly (3) drums to completely drain the tank. After the tank was pumped dry, the barrels were strapped and moved off to the side of the work area with the use of our mini excavator until the unit was removed. The large stump was then removed out from underneath the fuel tank which was the last one to be removed. Several large tree branches were draped over the top of the trailer and these also were cut and removed prior to the removal of the unit from the thickly-wooded area. Now that all of the stumps and surrounding debris was removed and placed into piles around the casualty, the actual recovery of the unit could begin. Both of our cranes were setup in the breakdown lane, one towards the rear and one towards the front. The crane in the rear would be used to lift and rotate the trailer, bringing it closer to the roadway; while the crane in the front would be used to bring the entire unit up the steep bank and finally up onto the roadway. Heavy duty rigging straps were installed to the rear tandems of the trailer and the rear crane slowly brought the trailer around until it was in line with the tractor. A heavy duty rigging chain was then installed to the rear of the trailer and the crane then lifted the entire rear of the trailer up off the ground and rotated it over a few more feet so that it could be in position to be brought back up onto the roadway. While the rear of the trailer was lifted off of the ground, our mini excavator was used to dig out debris that was between the trailer tandems that would cause friction during removal. The tractor was still wrapped around the cluster of trees it impacted at the outset of the accident so our rear crane was used to winch the entire unit backwards to untangle the tractor from the cluster of trees. When the tractor was far away enough from the trees, heavy duty rigging chains were then installed to the front of the tractor so that the final process of bringing the entire unit back onto the roadway could be completed. Prior to moving the tractor, all of the brakes were caged so that it would minimize the resistance of the winching process up the steep bank. After the brakes were caged, our crane operator then began bringing the entire unit back towards the roadway. This process was done incrementally because as the tractor was brought away from the initial point of impact, more stumps and debris were noticed so as they became visible the winching process would cease and our mini excavator would remove them to create a clear path. Air was supplied to the trailer after both the tractor and trailer were on an even footing to allow for all of the wheels to spin freely during its final climb up the bank. Once the tractor was at the edge of the roadway, our rigging was adjusted so that our crane could lift the tractor straight up and place it into the undereach to prepare it to be towed, seeing as the front axle was completely ripped out from underneath the tractor. The front bumper bracket was cut off with the use of our torches as it posed a problem during the towing process. After the entire unit was prepared to be towed from the scene, it was then transported to our Freetown storage facility where our crews assisted MA State Police DOT with the complete DOT inspection of both the tractor and trailer. Later that afternoon, our site remediation crews returned to the scene in order to continue with the removal and disposal of all of the cut limbs, stumps, and other debris created from the accident earlier that morning. Our roll-off truck brought two dumpsters to the scene in order to fill with debris. Crew members began cutting the trees previously cut into smaller pieces so that they could fit into the dumpsters. Our mini excavator was used to grab all of the piles of debris and place them into the dumpsters. This process was time consuming due to the size of the affected area from this accident which consisted of large amounts of stumps, trees, branches, and miscellaneous vehicle parts. The two dumpsters were filled with debris and transported off the scene and disposed of. However, the site was not fully cleaned but by this time it was nearing rush hour traffic time and MA State Police did not want the cleanup operations to continue into that time. Therefore, our crew returned the next afternoon to complete the entire site restoration. This included cutting and removing another dumpster full of debris. After this final dumpster load of debris was removed from the scene, the entire affected area was free of all debris, raked clean, and returned to pre-accident condition. Another DCS / J B Hunt tractor (#349758) picked up the loaded refer trailer at our facility on 6-4-14 and transported it to its intended destination. Robert Anaya said: Damn! Very Nice Job! Very curious what this job Netted. I know prices can't be shared on the board. 1Towman said: Very nice job and job description. I would love to know the Job Net too. It would be nice to know If it is a non consensual job and if there state is regulated like Louisiana . What would really be nice would be to see what that job would pay from state to state. I do not own a Rotator and you really have to be a Philadelphia lawyer to interpret the Louisiana Public Service rules and regulations but from the way I see it A rotator in Louisiana Hourly recovery rate would be $370.50 + $210.50 = $581.00 I guess this is why Louisiana only has a hand full of rotators in the entire state I know Big Wheels has a lot of stuff going on but maybe he would consider figuring out a bill using our Louisiana Public Service Commission rates and regulations. it would be good to use in there billing class that I really do plan on going to someday. http://www.lpsc.louisiana.gov/_docs/_Orders/General Order R-33105 Attachment A Rates Effective 04-17-14.pdf LPSC says A rotator may be used only if ordered by the law enforcement agency in charge of the accident or incident scene and the rotator is necessary to safely and efficiently restore the flow of traffic to travel lanes. The use of a rotator is not justified to ensure that the recovered and towed vehicle will not suffer any additional damage, beyond what is reasonable and customary.A rotator is a specialized piece of equipment and shall be invoiced as such, in that the hourly charge fixed herein in Section II shall be billed in addition to the charges for the tow and recovery at the appropriate rate (light, medium or heavy). If a rotator is used, but is not authorized by the provisions of this paragraph, the rotator use cannot be invoiced and the tow and recovery shall be invoiced at the appropriate rate as previously stated BigWheelRecovery said: ITOWMAN I will gladly reveiw your States tow provision policy over the next few days an compare rates between both simular recovery jobs. Just a note H.D.recoveries in Mass are unregulated. Thanks BOB 1Towman said: Thanks Bob looking forward to see the comparison. we have decent rates but they sure screwed up the weights. I have been getting a lot of F250 and F350 that are like just a pound or two under 10,001 pounds. its like they added the one pound just to screw us and the difference because of 1 pound goes from Light duty $161.25 add one pound Med Duty $232.50 they also screwed the companies that have Rotators gtowman said: Great Job..whatever you charged it dont matter. They gotta pay, it takes a boat load of cash to send all that equipment out to a scene..with a 30 min. ETA. Jeff Hurley said: Great job and narrative as always. Very professional the ay a job should be done!
  8. I was just told by one of the local AAA drivers that the Orlando, Fla show is this month [June], anyone else heard of this? Rob
  9. Its a water spray bar, front & back for watering down job sights & fresh roadways after grading.
  10. After just a little bit of tinkering and a good carb cleaning the old girl fired right up and ran like a top. the electric starter and the hand crank starter work perfectly. the owner didnt want to do any real major repairs and chose to leave the patina on it. here are the pics of her going home. I was also told that the model of this chevy is called phaeton.
  11. Very nice as usual. What are the two air chambers on the front bumper of truck that rolled?
  12. Excellent work. A very nice plan and well executed. i love jobs like this because they really show what a real operator and his equipment are capable of. Good Job!!
  13. I encourage those on this network to support TowForce.net via patron/sponsorship! Our industry NEEDS this type of online forum to be able to collectively network with other tow companies from across the country! It's these types of efforts that our industry NEEDS to leverage to help unify our industry and pull it from the broken factions that we operate and to encourage comradely and communication among our industry. We NEED TO UNITE AND WORK TOGETHER TO ACTIVELY PROTECT OUR INDUSTRY! IF WE FAIL TO DO SO, THEN THOSE WHO SEEK TO CONTROL OUR INDUSTRY FOR THEIR BENEFIT WILL CONTINUE TO SWOOP IN AND CAPITALIZE, RESULTING IN BROAD MARKET DOMINANCE, WHILE STOMPING ON OUR VOICES! IF WE FAIL AT THIS TASK, OUR INDUSTRY WILL LOOK A WHOLE LOT DIFFERENT IN 10-15 YEARS FROM NOW! PLEASE HEED MY WARNING! We need to work to again have to open dialogues and discussions that we once had on Tow411. I fully acknowledge that our lives ever continue to become "busier and busier" with work, family life and all those other daily tasks and priorities that we place on ourselves. Even state associations are faced with the lack of membership and participation from our industry. It's important to recognize the opportunity we have to grow our industry, *IF* we can work together! Those who come against us are many, from the insurance industry to the motor clubs and the new landscape of the "app based motor club". I implore you to "get involved", both here on this forum and with your state association! Through unity of our collective voices, we *CAN* accomplish much more than those who come against us may recognize! Get Involved, our industry depends on it!
  14. A tow truck operator who says he has already lost 40 per cent of his business due to COVID-19 remains in limbo after a months-long battle with the City of Mandurah to park his vehicle on his property. At their meeting last week, Mandurah councilllors were deadlocked on a request to allow Kaotiik Towing co-owner Shane Woods to park two tow trucks at his house on Copperfield Close in Greenfields. They initially voted to reject conditional approval but then voted against refusing the application. The City’s policies allow Mr Woods to park his trucks at his home, with about 20 other businesses operating in a similar way throughout Mandurah. Mr Woods is seeking retrospective approval for two commercial vehicles after he was told he had to seek approval in February. “I’m a secondary responder and I contract to emergency services,” he said. “We do all the bad stuff, all the stuff that people really don’t want to see.” Mr Woods said there were only three other trucks that did the same job. “If I come down the road and it’s late, I turn my headlights off, I turn my truck off and roll down the street. “My truck is no noisier than your standard family 4WD. It’s 18 months old.” Mr Woods said driving to a warehouse would add time to his journey which would mean he would not meet his contracted time. He said if the council did not allow him to operate at any hour he may have to use a noisier truck. “My other truck, that’s a F350 old school tow truck. That falls outside council’s guidelines of commercial vehicles, so I can use that and there’s nothing they can do about it,” he said. “That vehicle is very, very noisy. I’m trying not to disturb the neighbours.” Mr Woods said he would “potentially” appeal the matter with the State Administrative Tribunal, depending on the outcome. “The vehicle is behind our gates. I don’t disturb anybody. I’m trying to earn a dollar. If I can’t earn a dollar, I can’t pay my rates,” he said. With less cars on the road due to coronavirus, Mr Woods said he had already lost 40 per cent of his business. The City advertised his application and received five submissions, with one in support, one neutral and three objecting. Those against Mr Woods’ proposal raised concerns about noise, safety, hours and visual amenity. City staff had recommended approving Mr Woods’ applications with conditions including that he not drive the trucks to or from the lot between 10pm and 6.30am. Councillors had already deferred the matter from their March 24 meeting to May and after a series of votes and more than an hour of debate, they decided to delay it again until June. Mr Woods is currently exempt from council approval until 90 days after the current State of Emergency is in effect. Council narrowly voted down conditional approval, with only Mayor Rhys Williams, Deputy Mayor Caroline Knight and councillors Peter Rogers, Matt Rogers and Ahmed Zilani voting to approve it. The meeting then descended into confusion as staff scrambled to craft a motion to reject the application. A visibly exacerbated Mayor implored councillors to allow Mr Woods to have the vehicles at his property. “The planning policies clearly ... allow a commercial vehicle in this place. I understand that there may be some issues for the residents living next door but that’s why the conditions are in place,” Mr Williams said. Councillors eventually compromised by delaying the matter for a month, with a workshop to be held before then. RESOURCE LINK
  15. Man running from vehicle crash shot at and hit by vehicle in Gage Park CHICAGO - Shots were fired Monday after a 41-year-old man who was fleeing the scene of a crash was hit by a vehicle in Gage Park on the Southwest Side. About 7:20 p.m. he was involved in a minor vehicle crash in the 2900 block of West 51st Street, when a tow truck occupied by three males arrived, Chicago police said. The man tried to run from the scene of the crash and the men in the tow truck chased him down and struck him with the tow truck, police said. One of the men in the tow truck fired shots, but no one was struck. The 41-year-old man was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital, while the three men from the tow truck got into a white vehicle and fled the scene, police said. Are One detectives are investigating. RESOURCE LINK
  16. https://www.fox32chicago.com/news/man-running-from-vehicle-crash-shot-at-and-hit-by-vehicle-in-gage-park
  17. 1 nice KW. Obviously, a capable wrecker with a experienced operator. Good job
  18. Good job Grumps, you forgot the heavy equipment, onsite safety management team & maybe a rolloff dumpster Then wonder why the tow industry insurance premiums are what they are
  19. I had a call from one of our local excavation companies for a single axle water tanker rollover on a narrow private driveway. I arrived on scene with my 1981 KW W900A with a Holmes 750 to find this truck on its top, driver was ok, tank was empty. I surveyed the scene looking at what was available for Holmes trees on the high side. I set the brakes on casualty, chained front axle to the frame with a 1/2 grade 80 chain, wrapped the drivers front axle with a grade 80 recovery chain, wrapped 2 trees on the high side with continuous loops/snatch blocks. Ran passenger side winch line to tree #1 through 8 ton snatchblock to another snatchblock/chain at drivers side front axle terminating winch line hook at tree #2/continuous loop for 2 line to the load at front axle for roll then winching onto roadway. I ran 1/2" grade 80 recovery chain through holes in outer dual wheel. I ran drivers side winch line from boom sheave to snatchblock/chain then terminated back at drivers side sheave for a high pull for rollover. I set my drivers side outrigger & rear spades for wrecker stability. Both winches were engaged & casualty came upright, once on its wheels I ran a hard chain from wrecker tailboard to casualty so I could reposition my passenger side rigging to a lower position on the casualty to bring the back end back onto the roadway. I winched both ends onto roadway, hooked & towed to companies yard. I dont get to use this old girl as much as I would like but she never lets me down & always gives me an adventure:)
  20. I actually just noticed after reading Mr. Resch's post that the truck pictured is not a roll back. By no means did I mean to come across like "newbies" shouldnt ask questions. ASK away, thats how we all learn. I also just assume that anyone posting on these forums are in our industry be it a newbie or experienced just because of the nature of the forums. I have to remind myself that may not always be the case.
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  22. No need to apologize was just checking in thank you all so much
  23. Anyone out there have one of those Steck universal tow eyes? how does it work? I was thinking of getting one but Im not too sure if I trust it. Seems a bit pricey to just buy one to check it out.
  24. I personally do use factory tow hooks as long as they are in good condition and the port on the vehicle is clean and aligned properly with the opening in the bumper cover or valance. i have had ones that just didnt appear right and after closer inspection I have found the car was poorly repaired from a wreck and the bumper support or another piece was bent or twisted causing the hole not to line up. if that is the case then I will not use it because I cant tell if there is any issue with the section that the tow eye screws into. I found one once that after taking a good look at it I noticed there was only 1 bolt on each side of the bumper support that were re-installed after repairs. outside the car looked excellent but hidden behind that shiny bumper cover was a disaster. I pointed it all out to the owner and he was not impressed and stated he would be contacting the body shop that did the work a couple months back. If things are twisted or broken back there and have been hidden by a nice bumper cover then i dont trust them. I also do not use any type of catch strap because it will cause alot of damage if for some crazy reason the tow eye was to let go. Keep in mind, those tow eyes are only meant for loading and unloading the vehicle off a roll back. they are NOT meant for recoveries, locked up wheels or lifting the car. They are also not meant for securing the vehicle to the truck. I always slack off my winch after I get the vehicle secured to my truck with wheel straps or 8-points etc.
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