Towing Eugene Recovers Underwater Truck After 60 ft Drop

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Towing Eugene Team Called In To Recover Truck From McKenzie River

A towing Eugene team was called to the scene of a horrific accident off the McKenzie Highway. Several dump trucks were dumping rocks leftover from the forest fire efforts. An empty dump truck was heading back onto McKenzie Highway at the same time that a car was allowed to drive through to the highway. Unfortunately, the road was not wide enough for both vehicles and the dump truck and the car collided. The force of the collision sent the dump truck down an embankment, and into an uncontrolled 60 foot drop directly to McKenzie River.

Crockett’s arrived on scene with a rotator, a 50 ton wrecker and a Landoll trailer. The truck was sitting in around 4 feet of (cold) water. Not keen on an ice bath, the towing team donned wetsuits prior to making their way into the river. They had to hook up to the frame of the dump truck as the front axle was completely ripped off during the fall.

In order to safely recover the truck, they removed it from the river in three parts: the motor, the hood, and the truck itself. Once on dry ground, the towing team placed all the spare parts along with the transmission and motor onto the dump truck’s bed allowing them to tow all parts of the truck together with their Landoll trailer.

Safety is always the number one priority. Cutting corners in heavy recovery jobs could lead to disaster. Each step must be meticulously planned out and carefully executed. The heavy towing team on site made this job their sole focus for the day. It took 11 arduous hours in and out of the water but they completed the job

Fantastic work out there team! Time to dry up and make yourselves a warm cup of coffee!

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Details of Towing Eugene Team Called In To Recover Truck From Mackenzie River

Dispatch received a phone call requesting a towing Eugene team at the site of an accident. A dump truck needed to be recovered from the McKenzie River just outside of Eugene. The towing Eugene team was dispatched to the scene of the accident. The towing Eugene team arrived at the accident site, off the McKenzie Highway.

The dump truck had fallen 60 feet and was completely totalled. The towing Eugene team put on their drysuits to protect themselves from the cold river water. The towing Eugene team hooked up to the frame of the dump truck. The towing Eugene team could not hook up to the front axle of the truck as it had been completely ripped off the truck during the fall.

The towing Eugene team winched the dump truck up the embankment. The towing Eugene team put all the spare parts, the transmission, and the engine into the bed of the dump truck. The towing Eugene team got the dump truck on a Landoll trailer. The towing Eugene team secured the dump truck onto the trailer. Satisfied that it was ready to be transferred, the towing Eugene team brought the totalled truck to their yard for safekeeping while the owner sorted out it’s future.