|January 9, 2018
Approximate time: 0821
Weather Conditions: Wet roads
Contacted for an owner's request on Delaware Route 1 in the area of Smyrna, Delaware for a loaded triaxle that had
just been struck from behind. We were advised that there was damage to the rear axle, we were also given the driver's
phone number to obtain further information. Our dispatch called and spoke with the driver who advised that he was
stopped on the shoulder of the roadway when a vehicle struck the back end of the loaded dump truck. He advised that
both of the drive axles were knocked loose and shifted. The driver advised he was southbound on Delaware Route 1
just south of the North Smyrna exit and that fire, rescue, and ems were still enroute to the scene.
Based upon the information we were given, one of our heavy duty wreckers and our specialized lowbed trailer were
dispatched to the scene.
Upon arrival, our units stood-by a short time while the rollback loaded the vehicle that was involved in the collision.
While waiting for the rollback, a plan was established for the removal of the truck.
Our operators met with DSP, DelDot, and the fire police who were onscene to discuss the manner in which the truck
needed to be removed. It was determined that the heavy duty wrecker would need to turn around and hook to the rear
of the loaded dump truck. The lowbed trailer would also need to turn around so that once the back end of the dump
truck was picked up, the tow truck would back the loaded dump truck up onto the front of the lowbed trailer. Once
loaded, we would exit Route 1 by travelling northbound on the southbound side until the next exit at which point, we
would exit the highway. All parties were in agreeance with the plan. We were given the go ahead to begin the removal
The shoulder of the roadway was swept of the vehicle parts to make sure none of the equipment's tires were damaged
during the removal process.
The heavy duty wrecker hooked to the rear end of dump truck. The damaged drive axles were chained so that as the
truck was lifted, the axles would stay in place. The rear end of the loaded dump truck was lifted. The heavy duty
wrecker then backed up with the dump truck onto the lowbed trailer. Once on the lowbed trailer, the wrecker set the
dump truck down onto the bed of the trailer. The dump truck was secured in place. The large vehicle parts were loaded
onto the lowbed and secured.
The loaded dump truck was then transported from Smyrna Delaware to our customer's facility. Once at the customer's
facility, the heavy duty wrecker was used to unload the loaded dump truck from the lowbed trailer and place the truck
directly into the shop.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO DELDOT, DELAWARE STATE POLICE, AND THE CITIZENS' HOSE COMPANY No. 1 INC.
OF SMYRNA, DE FIRE POLICE FOR ALL THEIR HELP ONSCENE WITH TRAFFIC CONTROL!!
|^ Photo credit: Citizens' Hose Company No. 1 Inc. of Smyrna, DE ^