In this incident, on December 28, 2021, two large semi-trucks were involved in a collision in Maple Valley, Washington. The slushy and slippery road conditions were likely the cause of the accident, and Team Pro-Enviro responded quickly and brought in the necessary equipment. Unfortunately, the accident also caused a diesel spill on the side of the road, which required a spill recovery.
Pro-Enviro Handles Spill Recovery
Once we arrived at the scene, our team did a scene assessment to decide the best way to approach the cleanup. The same slushy road conditions that caused the accident also made the cleanup challenging to handle. Not that we allowed difficulties to stop our team from doing our job.
We proceeded with the cleanup, as usual, starting with clearing away the debris first before tackling the diesel spill. Once we removed debris, we applied absorbents to absorb the diesel so we could sweep and clean up the mess.
Team Pro-Tow was also on the scene to manage the semi-truck collision recovery. They handled the lifting and hauling of the damaged semi-trucks and trailers. We knew the spill recovery was complete when the roads were clean, cleared of debris, and returned to their usual condition. Then, we returned to the storage yard and completed the necessary paperwork.
Avoiding Semi-truck Collision Recovery
When driving in poor road conditions, adjusting how you drive is essential. Obviously, a clean and clear road needs different handling than wet and slippery conditions. Driving too fast can cause the tires to lift off the pavement, hydroplane on the water and cause an accident. Slippery roads can affect steering and braking and cause your loaded trailer to drift.
When conditions are wet, slippery, or slushy, slow down and adjust your speed. Driving slow lets you safely control your vehicle. Always look at least 15 to 20 seconds ahead; slow down if you can’t see clearly and take curves carefully. Of course, it’s always best to use caution when the roads are in poor condition.
For more information on Pro-Enviro’s spill response services and to see photos of us in action, check out the other stories on our recovery blog.