September 28, 2023
Approximate time: 1508
Weather Conditions: Clear
Contacted to handle the recovery and clean up of a Freightliner dump truck that was reported to have been dumping a load of mulch that had overturned and landed on top of a van. There were fluids leaking from the truck. We dispatched a recovery supervisor, two of our heavy duty sliding rotator recovery units, a rollback for the van, and contacted Null’s Recovery & Site Restoration for the spill clean up and traffic control.
The truck was found to be laying on the driver’s side with e bed in the raised position. The truck was laying against the van, it had originally landed on the van but came to a final resting place on the ground. The van suffered major damage. The truck had significant damage. The truck’s hoist system was broken partially away from the truck’s frame. The truck’s dump body was still approximately 80% full.
NR&SR arrived and set up traffic control and worked on spill control and clean up.
It was determined that one of the rotators would back in the driveway and lift the raised body and lower the truck back to its wheels. The second rotator would sit on the road and rig to the front end of the truck to assist the back rotator with uprighting the truck. Extreme caution had to be used due to the close proximity of the house, overhead electric lines, and the fact that the truck’s bed was raised and still loaded.
The two rotators worked together to bring the truck back to an upright position. Once the truck was upright the truck was held stabile while our team worked to hand unload the load that was in the bed. Once the truck was emptied, the rotator at the back of the truck lifted the back end of the truck and set it back onto the driveway. The rotaor continued to hold the truck as the bed was in the raised position and due to the fact that the truck would not run, the bed could not be lowered.
NR&SR’s service truck and tech was able to bypass the hydraulic system’s holding valves to allow the bed to be lowered. Once the bed was lowered, the rotators were returned to travel positioned. One of the rotators hooked to the back of the truck and prepared to tow it from the scene. The body was strapped to the truck.
The truck was towed from the accident scene to Null’s of Cochranville where it was placed in our secure storage yard.