On June 11, 2021, a commercial box truck went into the ditch and climbed up the embankment. It then rolled over onto the driver’s side of the truck. The accident smashed the cab and the fuel tank, causing a significant spill in the ditch and surrounding area. The accident was blocking one side of the SR167 at Tukwila, WA and required immediate truck and spill recovery.
Team Pro-Tow Recovers the Casualty
First, Team Pro-Tow used an HD Rotating Crane to recover the box truck and prevent further damage. Then, after evaluating the scene and making a recovery plan, they used a 12 inch HD strap on the rear of the box and lifted it back on the road. Next, the team set up a two-line configuration on the front wheels to get it back on the road. Finally, the unit was ready to be towed away. Once the casualty was in a secure yard, they put a contamination pond under the vehicle to catch any drips from hitting the ground.
Team Pro-Enviro Handles Spill Recovery
Now it was time to clean up the mess! First, team Pro-Enviro swept the road and shoulder to remove all accident debris. We used an environmental truck, vac trailer, and flatbed truck to clean up the oil and fuel spill in the ditch. Team Pro-Enviro also used containment socks, absorbent pads, and the vac trailer to thoroughly clean up the fuel spill. The spill recovery cleaned up about 1,900 gallons of mixed contaminated soil and liquid. All debris and contaminated soil were removed from the scene and disposed of properly.
Soil Samples are Necessary
On all our spill recovery calls, taking soil samples is part of the job. We take soil samples before the fuel spill is cleaned up and again after. They are necessary to ensure no more harmful contaminants are left in the soil or on the scene. Once that was complete, we secured the trucks and equipment and returned to the Auburn shop for reconditioning.