|July 3, 2017
Approximate time: 0602
Weather Conditions: Hot
Contacted by the Pennsylvania State Police Lancaster Barracks requesting us to respond to Sunset Drive off of
Scotland Road in East Drumore Township for a tractor and trailer that was reportedly overturned with part of the load
spilled on the roadway. We were advised it was hauling lumber and that the trailer was twisted.
Based on the information we were given, two of our heavy duty sliding rotator recovery units, both of our skid steer
loaders, our Landoll trailer, and one of our rollbacks were dispatched to the scene. Additionally, we contacted Null's
Recovery & Site Restoration to respond to the scene to assist with manpower and support equipment.
Upon arrival, an International tractor pulling a spread axle flatbed loaded with bundles of 2" X 6" boards of lumber was
found to have been reportedly following it's GPS which led the operator down a narrow back road. There was a very
tight 90 degree turn which the trailer was unable to navigate. The front axle of the trailer's passenger side struck a tree.
The unit continued forward causing the front axle to attempt to go up the tree and ultimately overturning the trailer. The
tractor portion of the unit was twisted to the point that the passenger side drive axles were off of the ground. The trailer
was severely twisted, the front axle appeared to be bent. Six of the sixteen bundles of lumber were still strapped to the
trailer. Each bundle contained 96 boards.
The trailer was in a position that it would have to be moved prior to being uprighted, otherwise, the trailer would land
back on the trees in which it had originally struck that caused it to overturn.
Our lead operator determined that once the lumber was moved clear of the trailer, that the trailer could be lifted, moved
clear of the trees, and uprighted back onto it's wheels without the need of off loading the remaining cargo.
Due to the need of the trailer to be moved away from the trees, the lumber which fell off the trailer when it overturned
would all need to be moved prior to the trailer being moved.
The tractor was in danger of overturning. Part of the load that fell off the trailer had the drive axles of the tractor
weighted down enough to hold it upright, however it was very unstable.
The concern about the straps on the back six bundles breaking during the cargo clean-up process which would have
caused serious injury.
Both of the heavy duty sliding rotator recovery units had to back into Sunset Drive from the ends as it was a very narrow
road with no room to turn around.
One of the heavy duty sliding rotator recovery units was positioned at the front of the unit. Rigging was connected from
the rotator to the tractor. The tractor was stabilized and held so that it would stay upright.
The second heavy duty sliding rotator recovery unit was positioned at the rear of the trailer. Rigging was connected to
the trailer's frame in front of the front axle, a strap was routed under the trailer and under the cargo at the front of the
bundles that were still on the trailer. Rigging was also connected to the back axle of the trailer on the low side, a second
strap was routed under the back of the cargo that was still on the trailer. A third strap was rigged to the front axle on the
top side of the trailer. All of the rigging was connected, tensioned, and checked for proper connections.
With the unit and the cargo that was still on the trailer now stabilized, the cargo re-stacking could begin.
Our crews along with NR&SR's personnel worked to stack the bundles back to their original condition. There were a total
of 1,536 boards on the trailer, approximately 960 of the boards had to be handled during this process. Some of the
bundles were still intact enough that they were able to be moved with one of the skid steer loaders and loaded onto the
Landoll trailer. As the bundles were back to their original condition, they were strapped together.
Once all of the lumber was moved clear of the trailer, the uprighting of the trailer was able to take place.
The rotator at the front maintained tension on the tractor to ensure that it did not overturn while the trailer was being
The rotator at the rear lifted the trailer and cargo that was still onboard straight up off the ground. The trailer and cargo
was then moved away from the trees approximately eight feet. Once clear of the trees, the trailer and cargo were then
lifted back to an upright position and lowered onto it's wheels.
Once on it's wheels, the rigging was removed, inspected, and returned to its respective location. The rotator at the front
of the unit then hooked to the front of the tractor and moved the unit clear of the immediate area so that re-loading of
the cargo onto our trailer could take place.
The skid steer loaders, and manpower worked to carry the bundles several hundred yards up the roadway to a spot that
it was wide enough for the bundles to be loaded onto the Landoll trailer. The ten bundles that had came off the trailer
were loaded and secured to the Landoll trailer.
The truck and trailer were separated and prepared to be towed from the scene. One of the rotators hooked to the rear
of the tractor. The second rotator hooked to the trailer with part of the load still on board.
One of the skid steer loaders was utilized to reposition the six bundles that were still on the damaged trailer. Additional
straps were placed over top of the cargo still on the trailer.
The skid steers were loaded to be transported from the scene back to our facility.
The truck, trailer, and loaded were transported from the scene back to our facility.
Once at our facility, the truck and trailer were placed in our secure storage yard. The lumber was off-loaded utilizing one
of our skid steer loaders and our forklift. The lumber was also placed in our secure storage yard.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR TEAM FOR ALL OF THEIR HARD WORK WITH THE EXTREMELY HIGH
TEMPERATURES AND HUMIDITY!