October 13, 2020
Approximate time: 0745
Weather Conditions: Rain
Contacted for an owners request to respond to 124 Nottingham Road in Little Britain Township for a tractor trailer that
was off of the roadway and needed winched out. It was requested that if the truck was not driveable that we tow it from
the scene to our facility. Additional information was obtained from the fire department onscene, we learned that the
tractor trailer had lost control, left the roadway, struck a utility pole, shearing it off and came to rest in a bean field.
Based upon the information we were given, we dispatched a heavy duty wrecker, a truck tractor to repower the trailer,
and our Incident Response Truck to the scene.
Upon arrival, we found the Freightliner tractor and empty reefer trailer to have lost control as we were initially advised by
the fire department. Upon impact with the telephone pole, the truck’s front axle had broken loose and was pushed back
into the truck’s emissions system on the passenger side. The truck then continued over the embankment, off the
roadway, into a standing bean field. The truck came to rest approximately 300′ off the roadway from the point where it
originally left the roadway. The trailer suffered damage to the roof from the telephone pole striking it.
Due to the truck’s front axle being knocked loose, the truck’s front end would have to be lifted and carried out of the field
to avoid the engine oil pan from being broken during the recovery. The area had experienced heavy rains overnight
and into the morning with rain still falling at this point. Due to that it was not possible to position a heavy duty wrecker in
the field to perform this task. Additionally, the truck would have to be winched back out the way it went in to prevent
causing further damages to the crops in the field and due to the overhead electric lines.
Our all wheel drive wheel loader was dispatched to the scene to be able to access the front of the damaged tractor in
order to lift and carry it out of the field. Additionally, our track loader equipped with a skid mounted winching unit was
dispatched to the scene to access the tractor trailer via the field and winch it back onto the roadway. Both of these
pieces of equipment were loaded onto our Landoll trailer for transport to the scene.
Our team stood-by while the electric company secured the downed pole and wires. While standing by, we began picking
up the large debris field of truck parts that was left by the truck slamming into the pole and going over the embankment
through the field. The driveshaft was disconnected on the tractor.
Once we were given the go ahead by the electric company to begin the recovery process, the track loader and wheel
loader both made access to the field via the path the truck took through the beans. The wheel loader was positioned in
front of the truck. Rigging was connected to the front of the tractor and to the wheel loader. The front end of the truck
was lifted. The winch unit was positioned at the rear of the unit. The tractor trailer was first winched straight back
towards the road. Once at the nearing the roadway, the winch unit was relocated to winch the tractor trailer parallel to
the embankment back towards the point where the tractor trailer first left the roadway. Once at a transition in the
embankment that the unit could be brought back onto the roadway without overturning, the power company lifted the
overhead lines so that the trailer would clear them. The unit was then brought up the embankment and onto the
Once on the roadway, the heavy duty wrecker hooked to the front of the damaged tractor. Air was supplied to the
truck’s air system to release the brakes. The truck and trailer were separated. Our tractor then hooked to the trailer to
pull it from the scene. The damaged tractor and damaged trailer were transported from the accident scene to Null’s of
We then worked to clean the mud, dirt, and debris off of the roadway that was brought onto the roadway by the tractor
trailer and equipment. The wheel loader and winch unit were re-loaded onto the Landoll trailer to be transported back
to our facility.
Once at our facility, the truck and trailer were placed in our secure storage yard. The equipment was unloaded off of
the Landoll and cleaned of the mud.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE ROBERT FULTON FIRE COMPANY FOR THEIR HELP WITH SCENE SAFETY AND
TRAFFIC CONTROL. AS ALWAYS IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED!