Walking the Line and Big Rig Towing
Crockett’s Interstate (541) 554-6731
Johnny Cash might have been playing on the radio for a big rig towing situation on Link Road this past week. The big rig towing problem happened on a narrow stretch of road where the difference between driving through cleanly and ending up in a ditch is a margin of less than 12 inches.
A Freightliner loaded with lumber tried to walk the line of Link Road, but veered an inch too far off the highway and ended up driving into the adjacent ditch.
Crockett’s Interstate Towing arrived within 10 minutes of receiving the big rig towing call. Crockett’s Interstate Towing used a 60-ton rotator to lift the trailer, and a 50-ton wrecker to winch up the trailer and cab as one single unit.
Fortunately, Crockett’s took only an hour to complete the off-road recovery as traffic was forced to wait patiently to pass. So to all you big rig drivers out there, stay vigilant on Link Road and walk the line.
Big Rig Towing Details
Crockett’s Interstate Towing was called in to attend to the big rig towing problem on Link Road. A big rig towing truck arrived within 10 minutes of receiving the call. The Crockett’s Interstate team thoroughly assessed the situation, finding a Freightliner with a trailer holding lumber sitting in the ditch next to Link Road. The lumber had shifted when the cab had driven off the road which presented a challenge, as the trailer was no longer perfectly balanced. After the assessment, the Crockett’s team sent out two flaggers to shut down the road. They set up a 60-ton rotator to lift the trailer, and a 50-ton wrecker to then winch the trailer up. After securing both heavy-duty towing vehicles on the highway, the three other Crockett’s team members readied for the recovery. The goal was to lift the cab and trailer together and place it back down on the road. After securing cables and chains on the cab and the trailer, the lift and winch process could begin. The big rig truck and trailer combination was lifted more than 6 feet into the air. It was then moved to hover over Link Road. On-coming traffic enjoyed a front row view as the semi truck was then placed down in line with the road. It was decided that the lumber, which had moved and caused a balance issue, wasn’t going to need further attention, and the semi would be fine driving with a slightly imbalanced load. After the Freightliner successfully drove away, the five-member Crockett’s Interstate team packed up the rotator and wrecker. Traffic continued on Link Road as usual.