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Sand Bag Rollover  

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Topic Originally Created by SITTOW in September of 2010:


Accident I-80 and I-39 ramp, Truck hauling 43,000lbs. of bagged sand coming from Georgia going 20 miles down the road from where he rolled over onto Drivers side.  Trailer stayed together but back door broke open the side of trailer ground the rivits off and shined up the paint.  Pulled the Tractor out from under the Trailer rolled it to the wheels then slid the Trailer off to the shoulder cut the dollys off and used air cushions to upright. We used the two rotators to help bring the trailer over then picked up the nose and set it onto our Tractor to take to the shop.
Danielswt said:
How was the sand loaded? I am assuming on pallets about 3' high?

That was a very nice recovery. Thank you for sharing with us.

Ed Barker said:
Good looking job but I will never understand why some of you guys take the tractor out first,,just my opinion.Thanks for sharing.
SITTOW said:
The sand was 50lbs bags on pallets 44000lbs, and why we took the tractor out was ,the trailer was damaged so bad from sliding down the road. Our thought was to get the 16000lbs tractor out of the way take the dollys off so it would roll on the nose . then bag and strap it and hope the side stays together,and it did.
danielswt said:
Ed, even though it seems unpractical, not having the lift the trailer the extra 3' higher to overcome the fulcrum of the landing gear or drive tires makes for a much easier lift on the trailer structure. I have never done it myself but I can see by the pictures how much easier it makes certain jobs.

Scooby said:
well I don't think anyone can question the results.  You folks sure do a heck of allot of air cushion recovery... great to see that when you also have some big iron.  Just goes to prove that the cushions lift the load and cover more surface area then straps.  The industry moves forward in techniques only when operators dare to think outside the norm..., and become leaders not followers.
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