A semi-tractor and trailer caught on fire on the I-90 near Issaquah, WA on March 7, 2020. Both Team Pro-Enviro and Pro-Tow were called to the scene to tow the smoked-out tractor and trailer and perform full accident and spill recovery. Because the truck was on fire, there were burned truck parts, debris, and other harmful contaminants on the roadway.
Spill Recovery Is Not Limited to Liquid
When you think of spill recovery, you might first think of liquid hazards like gasoline, diesel, oil, and chemicals. Spill recovery and spill cleanup covers all cleanup of contaminates that might harm the environment, traffic, and public safety after a truck accident. In this incident, the debris, truck parts, and contaminates from the truck fire had left a massive mess and it needed to be remediated immediately.
Remove the Truck, Clean Up the Mess
The first order of business was for Pro-Tow to hook up the burned tractor and trailer and lift it onto a flatbed for towing. Once this was done, it enabled our cleanup crew to get to work clearing and cleaning the roadway and surrounding area from the debris and contaminates.
To get the big debris, we used a Bobcat compact track loader, industrial grapple, and then followed with an industrial street sweeper. All the debris, including truck parts and other waste, were loaded into a dump truck trailer so it could be removed from the scene. It took our team all night, but we were able to cleanup I-90 and ensure it was safe, so traffic could commence.
Safe Disposal of Contaminates
The road was cleared, but that didn’t mean our work was done! We brought the dump truck trailer to our secured storage yard in Auburn, WA to prepare the manifest. Then we unloaded it to dispose of it properly and did an extensive cleanup of all equipment involved. Well done, team!
Continuing to Serve During COVID-19 Crisis
Pro-Enviro is committed to providing service as we work through the COVID-19 pandemic in Washington. Unfortunately, truck accidents still happen, even during a world crisis, and our team will be ready to provide truck accident and spill recovery services when they do. Now more than ever, the trucking industry is critical. Keeping drivers, the public, and the environment safe is our priority, and we will continue to response to accidents as our communities push through these unprecedented times.