Lynchburg City Police Requests Tow Service Team for Heavy Recovery
Lynchburg City Police Department requested the aid of a tow service at 8:50PM on October 26, 2020. A tractor trailer had been trying to make a sharp left turn off of Campbell Avenue onto Carroll Avenue. Unfortunately, the trailer did not clear the turn and had run up onto the bridge wall leaving the loaded trailer leaning precariously off of the bridge wall.
With the trailer in danger of tipping over at any time, the Bee Line team jumped straight into action. Careful planning is key when it comes to heavy duty recoveries. Having received all the information from the Lynchburg PD, the Bee Line team was able to assemble all the equipment and machinery they would need for the job prior to arriving on scene. They arrived at the corner of Campbell Avenue and Carroll Avenue with a rotator, a service truck, a light duty tow truck, a crash truck, a rollback truck, as well as a tandem loaded with a forklift!
Safety is always the number one priority. The first thing the towing service team did when they arrived was to set up an LED light tower to light up the scene and allow them to safely assess and work on the tractor trailer. The front axle of the trailer was extremely twisted, and it’s rear axle was hanging one foot off the ground. With the trailer leaning towards the left, the team set to work to stabilize it. Once the trailer was stabilized, the Bee Line team carefully began the delicate task of lifting the loaded trailer off the bridge. There was no room for error. One small misstep could spell disaster!
Once they had the trailer back on the road, the team set to work removing the damaged axle as the trailer would not be able to be towed in its current condition. With the axle removed, the trailer was placed on tandem dollies to facilitate the tow.
This was not an easy job and the Bee Line team’s professional training and attention to detail made all the difference. A special thank you to the Lynchburg Police Department for helping us keep the area safe and controlling traffic during the recovery.
Details of Lynchburg City Police Requests Tow Service Team for Heavy Recovery
Dispatch received a call requesting a tow service at 8:50PM on October 26, 2020. A tow service fleet consisting of a rotator, a service truck, a light duty wrecker, a crash truck, and a rollback truck was dispatched to the scene of the accident. The tow service team arrived at the corner of Campbell Avenue and Carroll Avenue.
The tow service team assessed the scene. The tow service team set up an LED light tower on a truck rotator in order to properly light up the area. The tow service team used rigging to attach to 2 points on the trailer in order to stabilize the trailer when they lifted it. The tow service team used 6×6 blocks to keep the truck from rolling downhill away from the rotator when they lifted the trailer.
The tow service team used a rotator to lift the trailer into the air and level out to load. The tow service team used a rotator to swing the trailer to the left and line it up with the tractor. The tow service team removed the damaged axle from the trailer. The tow service team removed the mud brackets to avoid them being damaged during the tow. The tow service team lifted the trailer into the air and placed it on tandem dollies.
The tow service team did a final assessment of the scene prior to making their way back to the Bee Line lot.