Loaded dump trailer overturned in Oxford.
May 17, 2021
Approximate time: 1342
Weather Conditions: Clear
Contacted to respond to Scotts on Reedville Rd in Oxford PA for a frameless dump trailer that was overturned. We were advised that the trailer was was mostly unloaded, that the tractor was still upright, however the trailer was laying on top of the tractor’s fender, and that the draft arms on the trailer were broken.
Based upon the information we were given, we dispatched two of our heavy duty sliding rotator recovery units and contacted Null’s Recovery & Site Restoration to respond with one of their incident response units.
Upon arrival, a Mac frameless dump trailer was found to have been dumping on a black-top roadway when the load appeared to have stuck causing the trailer to overturn onto the driver side. As the trailer overturned, the telescopic cylinder pin broke at the base of the cylinder allowing the cylinder to break free. The trailer’s fifth wheel plate staid attached to the tractor’s fifth wheel. Both of the drafting arms were completely broke free, however one of the arms was on top of the truck’s fender.
The two rotators were moved into position, one at the front of the trailer and one at the rear of the trailer. Both were set-up on work platforms. One of the rotators rigged to the draft are to lift it off of the tractor so that it could be removed. The tractor was then pulled forward, clear of the draft arms. Once clear, the fifth wheel was lifted off of the back of the tractor and set onto the ground.
The cylinder was unbolted from the trailer by NR&SR so that it could be removed. Extreme care was taken to ensure no fluids were spilled, which would condemn the pile the trailer was laying on.
The two rotators worked together to lift the trailer off of the ground and rotate it upside down in mid air to dump the remaining cargo. Once dumped, the trailer was returned back to an upright position.
Once the trailer was upright, the two rotators were returned to travel position. One of the rotators hooked to the front of the trailer and prepared to tow it from the scene. The trailer parts, including the fifth wheel plate were loaded into the trailer. The trailer was transported from the accident scene to Null’s of Cochranville where it was placed in our secure storage yard.