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  1. We were called by our local PD for a single vehicle crash. They left out a few key details such as the car was on it's side, on top of the guardrail, with a debris field approximately 1000 ft long. The car failed to negotiate the softest curve a road has ever seen and blasted 2 poles. After clipping both poles down to about 5 foot tall, it started flipping through the grass. I counted at least 4 complete rotations, one of which took down a rotten dead pine tree that was 3 foot around. After the 4th flip the front dug into the ground hard enough to leave a foot deep crater, which pretty much stopped the car dead in it's tracks (finally). Unfortunately, it was still on it's side and it failed to clear the guardrail by a measly 6 feet. The field was saturated thanks to the 1.5 inches of rain that fell a few hours prior, so our access was limited to the road side of the rail. My first action was to roll it over as it wasn't too stable teetering on just the rail. I set it down as gently as I could because of course the gas tank was super close to the guardrail post. Luckily the car landed without hitting the tank and we moved to step 2, lifting and swinging the car off the rail. It went smooth until it got to the return at the end, it kept snagging what was left of the exhaust. At this point we set the car back on the rail and carefully wiggled it off the rail. What I did was roll the car towards the driver's side with a high line just enough to clear the post and pulled the car to me with a low line. Think WreckMaster's 4/5 Cherokee hitch technique but using both winches instead of a rope. Once it was clear of the rail I moved out and my dad backed the flatbed in to load. Because of the many missing pieces in the steering and suspension, I used my truck to "steer" the car up the bed. After wiggling it up the bed and cleaning up the massive debris field, we took the car to the police department's secure lot. I once again had to scoot the car sideways on the bed to get it to come off straight, as it kept sliding sideways instead of down. The job went about as smooth as I expected it would with so much going against us and we cleared the scene in a little over 2 hours.
  2. We were called by NJSP Buena barracks for a single vehicle crash. I arrived to find this Jetta that tagged a tree in the passenger side, breaking the lower control arm and and wheel as well as taking the fender off. It then spun around and came to rest against another tree on the driver's side. I pulled the front end around back onto the road where I loaded it up and towed it to their house. Gotta love getting paid for a job before you even leave the scene. 
  3. We were called by the NJSP to respond to a motor vehicle accident involving a pick up pulling a boat on a trailer. Upon arrival we found a pick up truck in the woods with the front bumper wrapped around a pole. The force of the impact caused the boat to break free of the trailer and land on top of the pick up. The combination came to rest at the edge of an embankment causing the boat to want to slide down the hill. The trailer was still in one piece so my first order of business was to lift the boat off of the tongue so we could get the trailer back on the road. Once the trailer was free I kept lifting the boat and pulled it back into the road where we loaded it back onto the trailer. With the boat and trailer out of our way we turned our attention to the truck. It was leaning against one tree on the side and fully wrapped around another to the front. I ran 2 lines and wiggled the truck away from the trees. Once clear of the trees we backed a flatbed up the rear and started loading it. The steering column was broken so the wheels were stuck turned to the right, complicating the loading process. I kept both of my lines hooked to the truck to help steer it up the bed. Considering the scope of the recovery and the tight working quarters, the recovery and loading went extremely smooth. The owner had a friend on scene with the fire department who was willing to tow the trailer and boat home so we just had to worry about towing the truck to our shop about 25 miles away.
  4. I got a couple pairs in Baltimore years ago and they were the best socks ever. I managed to snag a pair last year and I refuse to wear them except for special occasions to keep them from wearing out lol.
  5. We don't divide PTO into sick, vacation, etc. Your days are your days to use as you see fit, but when you run out you aren't getting paid to take off.
  6. There's so much wrong with this video it hurts my head. To have both vehicles roll away from you has to be statistically higher than winning the lottery, unless you don't use that thing above your shoulders for more than a hat rest.
  7. It was pretty tall, I had to have the phone all the way on the ground ant cam style to get the whole thing in the shot. The big glass building of the Ocean Casino Resort, formerly known as the Revel Casino.
  8. We were called to pick up a vehicle for the state park service in Atlantic City at the light house. Where it broke down made for a pretty good picture.
  9. We have a set of 4 at the shop and that's where they spend most of their time. As you've discovered, skates are the way to go with vehicles stuck in park. The only time we really use them is when they're street parked or in a tight lot, we can push them into a spot to load it straight on the deck. If we get to that point though we have to get someone from the shop to bring them out, but this way you have 4 skates and a helper to push. Or you can go the ultra easy route and just wheel lift and dolly it, then you don't have to push or drag it.
  10. I will say this contest has me back into taking a bunch of pictures. Lately I'm usually by myself for at least the recovery portion and don't have time to take a ton of pictures. With a new light bar on the line though, my last roll over I stopped winching on it at least twice to get a good shot.
  11. I also prefer it, I like to work close to the casualty and I've never had a reverse roll fight me to come over
  12. There's not much better than 2 chevron's working together, especially on such a delicate recovery
  13. I'll start by saying this was a super simple winchout. It was a newer Jeep Cherokee that went too far down a driveway and ran over the edge. All I had to do was run a low line and pull about 10 feet. I was more blown away by the fact that a Jeep couldn't make it over a 4x4 without getting stuck. I tried to give it the benefit of doubt because the stone driveway was fairly fresh and hadn't really settled yet, but once I pulled the Jeep away you could see it was just spinning it's way down the board instead of climbing up and over. No wonder why the older Jeeps are going for almost as much money as the brand new ones in my area, even rusted out. They just don't make them like they used to I guess.
  14. We received a call from the state police to respond to a overturned vehicle. Knowing the area and the fact that vehicles that crash there usually leave the roadway and are pretty demolished, we immediately dispatched my dad in a flatbed and myself in a wheel lift. When we arrived we found a car that stuck a telephone pole and went off the roadway, rolling at least twice and landing on it's roof. 3 out of the 4 wheels were only holding on by the brake hoses and the 4th didn't look to be on the greatest shape either. Luckily the wires from the broken pole stayed about 12' off the ground so we had plenty of room to work. I decided to do the recovery in the field the car landed in as it was solid ground. I also didn't want to block the road anymore than I had to, as it's the only direct road connecting a couple of towns. I elected to reverse roll it and as such backed as close as I could to the car. The upright was fairly straightforward and once it was on it's wheels, or what was left of them, I winched the back end around so our flatbed didn't have to block the road to load the casualty. We had a couple of big car parts to remove from the yard, some of them made it quite a ways from where the car landed. Luckily for us though most of the junk that was on the car stayed in the car. Why is it that every car that rolls over is loaded with a ton of junk? I love when they land off of the road and we have plenty of room to work, it takes a lot of the pressure off when you aren't worried about blocking the road. Jobs like these always seem to go smoother and quicker than jobs where you have to rush to open the road.
  15. We were called by Uhaul roadside for an Amazon van stuck on a dirt road. Apparently the driver made a wrong turn and when he realized his mistake he tried to turn around, which is when his day went to hell. He found a soft spot in the middle and sunk like a stone, right down to the frame. He was perfectly centered on the "road" so I couldn't get to either the front or back of him. Luckily there was a Holmes tree right where I needed it. I ran a line to the tree and back to the rear of the van, and a quick little tug got him going.
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