Big Wind Blows Over Semi and Needs Eugene Tow Service
As your trusted Eugene tow service, Crockett’s has seen it all. That is – until the wind knocked an empty tractor-trailer onto its side in the middle of the freeway. This call made for an interesting day that allowed Crockett’s to develop our Eugene tow service skills to better serve our clients in the future.
Recently, our dispatch office received a call requesting a Eugene tow service for an overturned tractor-trailer. Crockett’s Interstate quickly responded to right the truck. Despite knowing the location of the incident, accessing it proved to be a bit more difficult as traffic sat halted. We arrived on scene after driving eight miles down the road’s shoulder on I-5 North, milepost 203. An empty tractor-trailer lay on its side, blocking traffic.
After speaking with the driver of the semi, the Eugene tow service team learned that high gale-force winds were to blame for the overturned truck. While driving down the road, the wind swept the truck up, spun it around, and flipped it over in the middle of the lane. Immediately, the Crockett’s Interstate towing team recognized the urgency of the situation. Each time the wind blew, the tractor-trailer lifted a foot off the ground, creating the potential for collateral damage or injuries.
First, we approached the rear of the trailer, attached cables, and utilized the rotator to pull the trailer into one lane. This allowed traffic to reopen in the fast lane. Meanwhile, the Eugene tow service team was still fast at work. Once rigged, the team performed a single lane recovery, shutting down both lanes to prevent any mishaps. With a 50-ton wrecker, the tractor-trailer was rolled to its proper position in a mere four minutes. Finally, we towed the tractor-trailer as a unit for inspection and repair.
Even though the Eugene tow service team had never experienced a call of this severity and urgency, we successfully completed the job. We take pride in being your trusted Eugene tow service.
Details of Eugene Tow Service Uprighting Tractor-Trailer on Windy Freeway
Crockett’s Interstate received a call requesting a Eugene tow service. The Eugene tow service team quickly responded. To reach the location, the Eugene tow service team rode along the shoulder of the freeway for eight miles as traffic stood at a complete stop. Upon arrival, the Eugene tow service team found an empty tractor-trailer laying on its side in the middle of I5 North at milepost 203. The Eugene tow service team consulted with the driver of the truck and learned that high winds had swept the truck up in the air as it traveled down the freeway, spun it around, and flipped it over in the lane. The Eugene tow service team acknowledged the urgency of the situation due to the still high winds and potential for collateral damages and injuries. Each time the team approached the truck, the blowing wind lifted it off the ground by a foot. To remedy the situation, the Eugene tow service team approached the rear of the trailer, attached cables, and used the rotator to situate the tractor-trailer in one lane. While they worked to find a solution, one lane of traffic reopened. The Eugene tow service team rigged the tractor-trailer to a 50-ton wrecker and momentarily closed the other lane. In under five minutes, the Eugene tow service team had returned the truck to its rightful position on the road. To complete this Eugene tow service job, we towed the tractor-trailer as a unit to inspect it for damages.