|June 2, 2018
Approximate time: 1518
Weather Conditions: Clear
Contacted by owner to respond to Paradise, PA for a loaded tri-axle dump truck that had just overturned while dumping
a load of stone at a jobsite. Based upon the information we were given, one of our heavy duty sliding rotator recovery
units were dispatched to the scene.
Upon arrival, the scene was found to be back a very steep, narrow driveway that was approximately 1,000' off the main
roadway. The tri axle Peterbilt dump truck had been sitting on a level pad dumping its load of stone next to the driveway
when for unknown reasons, it overturned with the bed raised onto the driver's side of the truck. The driver's side door
of the cab was open, causing major damage to the truck. There was an active fuel leak which was immediately
Based on the active fuel leak, Null's Recovery & Site Restoration was called to respond to the scene.
The truck suffered significant damage when it overturned. The fuel and anti-freeze were running down hill towards the
Eshleman Run and a pond that was on the property.
Upon arrival of NR&SR, the fuel tank was able to be plugged where it was leaking, which stopped the leak. The fuel that
was contained was removed from the scene by NR&SR.
Work began to upright the truck. The rotator was set-up on the driveway next to the dump truck. Where the rotator was
set-up was on approximately an 11 degree incline. Rigging was connected to the rear of the truck's bed. The bed was
lifted so that additional rigging could be connected to the truck in order for it to be lifted and the bed collapsed back to
the closed position. Rigging was also connected to the truck's front axle to assist with uprighting the front half of the
truck. A total of five winch lines were used to lift the truck back upright. An additional winch line was rigged to the
passenger's side to lower the truck back to it's wheels once it came over center in the uprighting process. The bed was
successfully collapsed back to the closed position. The truck was slowly uprighted and set back onto it's wheels.
Once the truck was on it's wheels, the rigging was removed, inspected, and returned to it's respective location. The
truck was then winched backwards up the hill and relocated to a position where the rotator could hook to it to tow it from
The rotator hooked to the rear of the truck and prepared to tow it from the scene. We assisted NR&SR with cleaning up
the coolant and fuel that had spilled from the truck. The area was raked and the scene returned to pre-accident
conditions. The loose parts on the truck were secured. The truck was towed from the scene to Null's of Cochranville
where it was placed in our secure storage yard.