TowZone Posted June 5, 2021 Share Posted June 5, 2021 The Wyoming Department of Transportation needed some big help a couple of weeks ago when a heavy piece of equipment sank into the mud in the rain-soaked prairie. Big Al's Towing had their new boom truck for less than a week when they got the call. A boom truck takes the place of two or three tow trucks working an accident scene. Because it can lift straight up instead of dragging a vehicle along the ground, it causes less damage to vehicles and the ground underneath. It is the only one of its kind in Laramie County. The new rotator truck at Big Al’s Towing can extend 40 feet in any direction. Dave Lerner / The Cheyenne Post "About the only way we could get it out was to pick it straight up," Big Al's Towing Dave Rose said. "You couldn't grab it and start pulling it." Big Al's Towing purchased the $690,000 boom truck to help clear traffic accidents. The truck has a 40-foot boom that can extend in any direction, making it easy to pick up and move vehicles. The employees at Big Al's Towing proudly stand before their new Rotator Truck with Boom Arm. (L-R) Cory Bouchard, Krystal Foy, Kathy Johnson, Michelle Jones, Dave Rose, Dave Vossler, Dave Gordon, Zach Ault, Dwayne Martin, Bruce Bohannon. Dave Lerner / The Cheyenne Post "So if you had a car stuck over on the road or maybe even down in the ditch or ravine, you could pick the car up and actually move it over and set it on another truck, or clear over on the road or whatever," Rose said. The truck has been called to the Port of Entry on I-15. It acts as a mobile crane, and it has been used to adjust loads on trucks coming into the state. "They're only allowed so much weight on each axle," Rose added. "So we may have to pick that up and move it, or say they're over length or something, we might have to shift the whole load forward, backward, or whatever it should be." The truck is also being used on construction projects. "We can do AC units on top of houses, whatever we need to do, Big Al's Towing Business Relations Manager Michelle Jones said. "It's very versatile as to what it can pick up," Jones said another advantage of the new truck is that it can speed up clearing accidents on the highway. Tow truck drivers are at risk at accident scenes because drivers are distracted by seeing the wreckage. "The big thing in our industry is avoiding secondary accidents which happen tremendously, and that's how these drivers get hurt out there," Jones said. "People don't pay attention, or they're not paying attention to the driving, they're paying attention to this wreck over here, so the sooner we get that off the road, and get the traffic flowing, the less opportunity they have of getting in (a secondary accident)." RESOURCE LINK 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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