|December 9, 2018
Approximate time: 1155
Weather Conditions: Clear
Contacted by the Pennsylvania State Police Avondale Barracks requesting us to respond to Route 796 and Gap
Newport Pike with a heavy duty for a truck with a trailer loaded with three cars that was off the roadway and up an
embankment. One of our heavy duty sliding rotator recovery units and a recovery supervisor were dispatched to the
Upon arrival, a Dodge dually pulling a goose neck style trailer loaded with three cars was found to have been involved in
a hit and run collision with a tractor trailer causing it to lose control, travel off of the roadway and up an embankment.
Several of the tie downs on the cars had came loose and some broke. At that point, one of our heavy duty rollbacks
along with Null's Recovery & Site Restoration were dispatched to the scene to assist with the recovery.
It was determined that the truck and trailer would be separated. The heavy duty rollback and the rotator would recover
the trailer from the embankment and back onto the roadway. The rotator would then hook to the trailer while the heavy
duty rollback recovered the Dodge from its location.
NR&SR arrived and set-up a traffic control plan. It was determined that traffic on Gap Newport Pike would not be
affected. The traffic travelling North on 796 would be redirected at the Route 926 intersection and southbound traffic on
796 would be able to continue as normal.
NR&SR worked to cut the tree branches that the truck was against.
The cars on the trailer were re-secured.
The heavy duty sliding rotator recovery unit was positioned on the northbound lane of Route 796, the rotator was set-up
on a work platform. The boom was extended, slid to the rear and extended. Rigging was connected to the front of the
trailer. The rotator stabilized the trailer while the truck and trailer were separated. Once separated, the rotator lifted the
front of the trailer clear of the truck's bed. The heavy duty rollback was rigged to the rear end of the trailer to winch it
backwards while the rotator brought the front end back onto the roadway. The two trucks worked together to recover the
trailer back onto the roadway.
The rotator was then returned to travel position. The rotator then hooked to the front of the trailer and prepared to tow it
from the scene. Secondary attachments and wireless towlights were installed.
The heavy duty rollback was then used to recover the dodge truck from the wooded area and back to the roadway. The
Dodge was secured via a four point tie down.
Our equipment then cleared the scene. The truck and trailer were transported from the accident scene to Null's of
Cochranville where they were placed in our secure storage yard.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE PSP TROOPERS FOR THEIR HELP ONSCENE WITH SCENE SAFETY!