|January 26, 2016
Approximate time: 0731
Weather conditions: Sleet and Rain tapering off to cloudy conditions
Called by the Paradise Fire Company and Lancaster County Wide Communications, advising that we were needed to
respond with two rotators and two trailers for a loaded tractor and trailer that the tandems had come out from under the
trailer and the trailer was split in half. We were advised that it was at the intersection of Lincoln Highway and McIlvane
Road in Paradise Township.
We were advised that the trailer was loaded with 24 rolls of paper.
With the information we were given, we dispatched two of our heavy duty sliding rotators, our Landoll trailer, and a
service truck from Null's Recovery & Site Restoration to the scene.
Upon arrival, it was found that the driver had attempted to slow for traffic when the tandems came out from under the
trailer. When the tandems came out, they knocked the ICC bumper off allowing the back half of the trailer to fall flat onto
the roadway. The trailer rails broke in the area of the mid ship turn signal. From the midship turn signal forward, the
trailer came up from the roadway at an angle as it was still connected to the tractor. The landing gear was bottomed out
on the roadway.
The rear end of the trailer had slid off the roadway and into the snow bank.
The 24 rolls of paper were loaded in a fashion of 2-1-2-1-2 etc. in width.
The fire department was onscene and currently allowing traffic to run one lane at a time using the westbound lane as
the travel lane. The unit had the eastbound lane blocked.
One of the heavy duty sliding rotators moved the trailer tandems out of the recovery area.
It was determined that with the rain conditions, amount of snow on the ground, and current lane closure, that the safest
and most efficient way to clear the scene without causing any further damage to the load was to lift the loaded trailer
and set it onto our Landoll trailer.
At that point, a rollback was dispatched to the scene to transport the trailer tandems out of the roadway.
The two heavy duty sliding rotator recovery units were moved into position. They were set up on work platform on the
center turn lane. The booms were rotated over top of the trailer.
Extreme caution had to be used due to the overhead high voltage lines.
Spreader bars were rigged in order to maintain an even lift on the trailer without collapsing the sidewalls, which would
damage the cargo, and to maintain proper veer angles.
The trailer was slowly lifted off of the ground.
When the lifting process was started, traffic was stopped in order to ensure the safety of our workers while monitoring
The trailer was successfully lifted by the two heavy duty sliding rotator recovery units working together to ensure the
trailer did not fail the rest of the way which would allow the cargo to spill onto the roadway.
Once the trailer was lifted, the Landoll trailer was backed under the damaged trailer.
Once the Landoll was in place, the two heavy duty sliding rotators slowly and carefully lowered the damaged trailer onto
The damaged trailer was secured to the Landoll.
The rigging was removed from the damaged trailer and returned to its respective location.
While this was being done, the tandems were loaded onto the rollback and secured for transport.
The damaged trailer was moved from the lane of travel so that the roadway could be reopened to normal traffic flow.
The feet on the landing gear had to be removed to give proper ground clearance.
The still loaded damaged trailer was then transported from the accident scene to Null's of Cochranville with front and
rear escorts due to the overweight and over dimensional load.
Once at Null's, the trailer was lifted off of our Landoll and set onto the ground to await payment arrangements and off
load instructions. All of the securement equipment was wrapped up and put away. The Landoll and rotators were made
ready for the next call.
A HUGE THANKS TO THE PARADISE FIRE COMPANY FOR ALL OF THEIR HELP
ON THIS INCIDENT, IT IS ALWAYS GREATLY APPRECIATED!!