In this emergency incident, on May 29th, 2020, we received a call about an overturned heavy-duty truck and trailer. The incident had also resulted in a fluid leak from the vehicle. We contacted the deputy at the scene but only got limited photos of the incident. Working with the information we had, we brought a heavy-duty rotating crane-style wrecker, motor vehicle spill response vehicle, flatbed recovery tow truck, and emergency response incident commander.
We arrived at the scene, and both reported to incident command and got permission from the owner to handle the recovery work. A telephone pole and dangling overhead wires added risk, so we created a contingency plan as well.
First, our team used temporary spill containment on the spill so it wouldn’t spread any further. Then we did some rigging calculations and created a complete recovery plan.
Handling The Recovery
Limited access to the rural road meant installing the rotator and flatbed recovery truck parallel to the casualty. We then began the crane set up to lift the heavy-duty truck and took extra care by using specialty frame chains to avoid hitting the overhead powerlines.
Once the casualty was past the powerlines, we installed rigging to upright the unit. All the while, Team Pro-Enviro’s spill response vehicle continued temporary oil spill containment to ensure nothing spread or worsened. Our team then prepared the heavy-duty truck to be safely towed and separated from the tractor.
After we secured the truck, we moved it temporarily to finish cleaning up the site. Pro-Enviro gathered up the debris, containment, and oil spill materials from the scene. Once that was gathered and stowed, we returned to the storage yard. We returned all equipment to its original location and state and gave the cleared call.
Return To Cleanup
Team Pro-Enviro then returned to the incident scene to review it one last time before daytime. There was considerable additional cleanup required and soil samples to gather. We cleaned up the small debris, got additional soil samples, and did more cleanup. We took all the original debris and the new collection to the manifest site and sent soil samples to the laboratory.
Another successful spill recovery complete!
With the roadways clean and open again and the crash handled, we gave the cleared call on another successful spill recovery!