|June 13, 2017
Approximate time: 1405
Weather Conditions: Hot
Contacted by the Pennsylvania State Police Lancaster Barracks requesting us to respond to Nottingham Road between
King Pen Road and Green Lane in Little Britain Township for a tractor trailer that was loaded with wood chips that had
overturned. Based upon the information we were given, we immediately dispatched two of our heavy duty sliding rotator
recovery units, a heavy duty wrecker, a truck tractor, and our two skid steer loaders to the scene. Additionally, we
contacted Null's Recovery & Site Restoration to respond to the scene. The two skid steer loaders were loaded onto our
Landoll trailer to be transported to the scene.
Upon arrival, a Peterbilt daycab tractor pulling a Peerless walking floor trailer was found to have been travelling south on
Nottingham Road when it left the roadway, struck the headwall of a drain pipe that runs under the roadway, attempted to
come back onto the roadway, and then overturned. The unit was laying on the passenger's side partially blocking the
southbound lane. A majority of the load was still in the trailer, however, when the unit overturned, the tarp was ripped
off, allowing some of the load to spill from the trailer and be spread out into the cornfield in which the unit overturned.
The tractor had leaked oil onto the roadway, and had an active diesel fuel leak which the fire department had contained.
The property owner requested that the damage to the freshly planted corn field be kept to a minimum.
A scene survey was performed. The brakes were applied on the unit. The Peterbilt tractor suffered significant damage
to the hood and cab, however the frame and the suspension appeared to have minimal damage. It was evident that the
unit did not slide on it's side for more then 15-20 feet, keeping the damages to the underside of the trailer to a minimal.
It was noted that the top passenger side rail of the trailer was cracked in two places.
It was determined that the unit would be able to be set-up and transported from the accident scene with the load that
was still on board left on board, which would greatly reduce the recovery, clean up, and road closure time. Our
operators worked together to establish a recovery plan.
The two rotators and the wrecker were moved into position to begin rigging the unit to be uprighted. One of the rotators
was positioned at the rear of the trailer, the second was positioned parallel to the trailer in the northbound lane. The
wrecker was positioned at the front of the unit. Both of the rotators were set up on work platforms.
Extra care had to be used while placing our equipment as the roadway had just been re-paved and the asphalt was still
One of the skid steer loaders worked to clean the edge of the top rail of the trailer where the load had spilled out at the
front corner of the trailer so that straps could be put in place.
Our crew dug out under the back top corner of the trailer so that a strap could be placed. A strap was rigged to the
trailer's suspension, around the back door frame, and under the top corner of the trailer. This strap was connected to
the one of the main boom winch lines from the rotator at the rear of the trailer. The strap was tensioned and the trailer
was slowly lifted. As the trailer was being lifted, cribbing was placed under the trailer. Once the trailer was lifted several
inches, a second strap was put in place in front of the initial strap, this strap was tensioned and the trailer was lifted
further. A third strap was put in place. The initial strap was repositioned in front of the third strap. At this point, the
rotator at the rear of the unit had approximately one half the trailer lifted off the ground.
The heavy duty wrecker was positioned to "spike" the front axle of the tractor so that the unit could be brought up
together and to prevent any unnecessary frame twisting to the tractor.
The front axle was chained in place and a rim sling was rigged through the front wheel to provide the leverage needed
to bring the tractor portion of the unit back onto it's wheels.
The skid steer loader had completed digging out the front corner of the trailer. A strap was placed at the front corner of
the trailer and rigged to the rotator that was parallel to the unit. This strap was tensioned and the front of the trailer was
lifted. Once the front of the trailer was lifted several inches, cribbing was put in place. A second strap was installed
under the front of the trailer behind the initial strap. This strap was tensioned and the trailer lifted another several
With five straps now in place under the trailer, the entire sidewall of the trailer was off the ground. The sidewall
appeared to be containing the load.
While the straps were being placed, one of our crew members readied our landing cushion set to be put in place to
control the landing of the unit as it was brought upright.
The two heavy duty sliding rotator units and the heavy duty wrecker had to work together very closely, if one got ahead
of the other it would be catastrophic to the sidewalls of the trailer and would endanger the successful completion of the
The wrecker led with the tractor while the two rotators lifted the trailer.
The landing cushions were inflated and positioned by our crew members. Once the landing cushions took weight, our
placement team moved away from the unit.
The unit was slowly uprighted and transitioned from the rotators and wrecker to the landing cushions. The landing
cushions controlled the descent of the unit allowing it to land softly on its wheels.
Once the unit was upright, all rigging was removed.
The two rotators were returned to travel positioned.
The heavy duty wrecker prepared to hook to the front of the Peterbilt tractor.
Several of our crew members along with NR&SR worked to re-center the load in the trailer.
The truck and trailer were separated. Our truck tractor hooked to the trailer.
The tractor was prepared to be towed from the scene.
The rigging that was utilized was inspected for damages and returned to its respective location.
One of our skid steer loaders worked with a loader from the trucking company to clean the portion of the load which had
spilled from the trailer out of the field and reload it into a replacement trailer brought to the scene by the trucking
Our personnel assisted NR&SR with cutting up and removing the damaged tarping system from the field. Additionally,
we assisted them with cleaning the fluids from the roadway.
The damaged truck and trailer were transported from the accident scene to Null's of Cochranville. Once at our facility,
they were placed in our secure storage yard.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR TEAM FOR THEIR HARD WORK, ALONG WITH THE
ROBERT FULTON AND QUARRYVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENTS FOR THEIR HELP!