|March 23, 2016
Approximate time: 1150
Weather conditions: Clear
Contacted by the Pennsylvania State Police Avondale Barracks requesting us to respond to Hickory Hill Road and Little
Elk Creek Road for a tractor trailer that had struck a pole and was now wedged against the pole.
With the information we were given, we immediately dispatched one of our heavy duty sliding rotator wreckers along with
a recovery supervisor to the scene.
Upon arrival, an International ProStar tractor pulling a loaded 53' van trailer was found to have been attempting to turn
onto Hickory Hill Road northbound from the south side of the intersection. While making the turn, the trailer tandems left
the roadway, the trailer then struck a utility pole causing severe damage to the trailer. The utility pole was snapped and
fell onto the roof of the trailer. The bottom and top rail on the trailer's driver side were broke. The floor of the trailer
was sagging. The trailer was still resting on top of the base of the pole.
At that point, our recovery supervisor requesting that Null's Recovery & Site Restoration be dispatched to the scene to
assist with the road closure and to assist with the necessary repairs and alterations that would need to be made to the
trailer in order to transport it from the accident scene. Additionally the recovery supervisor requested that one of our
truck tractors, our flat top dolly, and our skid steer loader be dispatched to the scene.
Back at our facility, our personnel worked to load the flat top dolly and skid steer loader onto one of our rollbacks so that
they could be transported to the scene.
The trailer would have to be removed from the location it was in before Verizon could begin their work of setting a new
This would be a very difficult task due to the amount of damage to the structural integrity of the trailer.
The tractor and damaged trailer had the intersection of Hickory Hill Road and Little Elk Creek Road completely blocked.
The heavy duty sliding rotator recovery unit had to travel several miles around the accident scene so that it could
access the rear of the damaged trailer in order to lift it up out of the ditch it was in and back onto the roadway.
The underbelly of the trailer was chained together to provide additional support to the severely damaged trailer.
The heavy duty sliding rotator recovery unit was now in position to lift the rear of the trailer. It was set-up on a work
platform. The boom was extended, the mast was slid to the rear of the truck and the boom rotated counter clockwise.
Rigging was connected to the slider rails on the damaged trailer, the rigging was routed out under the rear end of the
trailer. This rigging was connected to the main boom winches on the rotator recovery unit. One of the auxiliary boom
winch lines was routed through a snatch block and two parted to provide additional lift on the trailer tandems.
The heavy duty sliding rotator recovery unit then began the process of moving the damaged trailer off of the base of the
pole while Verizon personnel watched to ensure that nothing was shifting or causing further damage to their equipment.
The damaged trailer was successfully brought clear of the damaged pole base. The tractor trailer unit was then moved
approximately 150' north on Hickory Hill Road to allow Verizon crews room to work on installing the new utility pole while
our crews worked to make the trailer mobile in order to safely transfer it from the accident scene to Null's of Cochranville.
Once clear of the Verizon work area, the heavy duty sliding rotator recovery unit was set up on a work platform and
prepared to lift the severely damaged trailer in the middle to allow for the flat top dolly to be placed under the trailer.
One of the spreader bars was rigged to the rotators main winch line, the spreader bar was raised over top of the center
of the trailer where it was sagging.
Rigging was connected from the spreader bar down the sides of the trailer and under the belly of the trailer. The rigging
was tensioned and checked.
At this point, the chains that had been rigged under the trailer prior to the recovery beginning were removed.
The heavy duty sliding rotator recovery unit then lifted the trailer in the middle in order to allow enough clearance for the
flat top dolly to be installed.
The skid steer loader worked to move the dolly in position under the trailer.
Once under the trailer, the dolly was aligned with the back axles and rolled towards the back of the trailer just in front of
the trailer tandems.
The damaged trailer was lowered down onto the flat top dolly.
The rigging was removed, inspected, and returned to its proper location on the heavy duty sliding rotator recovery unit.
Our personnel then worked to secure the flat top dolly underneath of the damaged trailer.
While this was being done, Null's Recovery & Site Restoration worked to secure an air supply to the dolly in order to
inflate the dolly to the proper ride height in order to provide equal load supporting under the loaded trailer.
The skid steer loader was reloaded onto the rollback and secured.
The heavy duty sliding rotator recovery unit was returned to travel position.
With the trailer secured to the dolly, the International tractor was disconnected from the damaged trailer. Our tractor
was then connected to the damaged trailer. All of the air lines and the lights were hooked up. The air ride was set to
the proper ride height.
All of our equipment then prepared to clear the scene.
Our equipment along with Null's Recovery & Site Restoration provided escort, road closure, traffic diversion, and
intersection control support to our tractor as it brought the severely damaged trailer up the roadway to our Cochranville
Once back at our facility, the trailer was backed to our loading dock. One of our forklifts worked to unload the cargo
from the damaged trailer and place it in our warehouse, as the roof on the trailer was compromised and the cargo would
risk getting wet if left in the trailer. Additionally, our flat top dolly needed to be removed from under the damaged trailer.
The skid steer loader was unloaded.
Once the trailer was unloaded, it was moved to our trailer storage area. The heavy duty sliding rotator recovery unit
then lifted the now empty trailer so that the flat top dolly could be removed. The flat top dolly was winched out from
under the damaged trailer, loaded onto one of our rollbacks, secured, and transported to its proper location. The rotor
recovery unit then set the trailer down onto the ground.
All of our equipment was then made ready for the next call.