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Tractor Trailer Recovery After Trailer Crashes into Bridge

The tractor trailer recovery crew of McGann & Chester recently received a call for an urgent response to a rollover accident in O’Hara Township, PA, at approximately 9:00 AM. The team was informed that a loaded tractor trailer had crashed into a restricted access road, tumbled down an extremely steep hill, and collided with a one-lane bridge before rolling over and coming to a stop on a hillside. The tractor trailer was in a perilous position and needed immediate assistance.

Despite the limited working conditions and no staging area, the tractor trailer recovery team quickly developed a plan to remove the tractor. They shuffled several trucks and hooked up the tractor to a heavy wrecker. The crew removed airlines, electrical lines, and driveshafts to facilitate the trailer’s movement, allowing them to access the trailer. 

They discovered that the load had shifted forward and compromised the entire right side of the trailer, making it challenging to upright the unit. However, the crew was determined to get the job done, and they requested airbags and a landoll to help support the damaged trailer.

With the help of airbags and lift bags, the team was successful in uprighting the loaded trailer. They then loaded and secured the unit and removed all debris from the scene. The trailer was then escorted to their yard for storage, and the tractor was prepped the tow. 

The following day, the crew dispatched a flatbed with a Bobcat to restore the scene to its pre-wreck condition. The team successfully completed the recovery despite the challenging conditions and ensured that all units were cleaned, restocked, and returned to service. Great job, team! 

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Details of Tractor Trailer Recovery After Trailer Crashes into Bridge

McGann & Chester recently received a call for tractor trailer recovery on River Road in O’Hara Township, PA, at around 9:00 AM. The tractor trailer recovery accident involved a loaded tractor trailer that had gone down a restricted access road and crashed into a one-lane bridge before rolling over and coming to a stop on a hillside. The trailer’s load had shifted forward and slid to the sidewall, damaging the entire right side of the trailer.

Upon arrival at the scene, the tractor trailer recovery team found that access to the overturned unit was extremely limited, with no staging area. As a result, the tractor trailer recovery crew developed a plan to remove the tractor. However, at almost every turn of the recovery, several units had to be backed down the road to the next intersection, turn around, and then back down the road. Several trucks were shuffled, and the tractor was hooked up to a heavy wrecker.

To facilitate movement of the unit down the road, the tractor trailer recovery crew removed the airlines, electrical lines, and driveshafts. They then accessed the trailer and discovered the load had shifted forward and damaged the sidewall. Due to the limited working conditions, they had no choice but to upright the loaded unit. Airbags were requested, and a landoll and service truck were dispatched to allow the lower side of the trailer to be cut clean to rest and be supported by the landoll.

Once the rigging was placed under the trailer and the rotating wrecker and heavy wrecker were positioned, the airbag unit was deployed, and a series of lift bags were placed under the sidewall of the trailer to upright the load. Working in conjunction with the heavy wreckers, the unit was uprighted by the tractor trailer recovery team. 

The airbags were broken down, and restocked, and a cribbing unit was on the scene to crib the trailer up, allowing the rotator to be repositioned next to the broken trailer. Once the rotator was repositioned, the unit was lifted, and all low hanging items on the trailer were cut free with torches. The landoll trailer was then gently backed underneath the broken trailer to support it while transporting it from the scene. The unit was loaded and secured, and all removed items and debris from the scene were loaded onto a waiting flatbed truck. The trailer was escorted by the tractor trailer recovery team to McGann & Chester yard for storage, and the tractor was rehooked and prepped for tow.

The next day, a flatbed with a Bobcat was dispatched to the scene to restore it to its pre-wreck condition. The tractor trailer recovery team successfully removed the tractor and uprighted the loaded trailer, despite the limited working conditions. The tractor trailer recovery crew cleared the scene, leaving the trailer on the landoll awaiting further instruction from the company or insurance. Lastly, all units were cleaned, restocked, and returned to service.