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Storm Hits and Heavy Tow Rescues 4 Overturned Semis

Storm Causes Chaos in Commercial Parking Lot

Northshore Towing jumped into action last week when a heavy tow was needed to upright four overturned semi trailers. It was definitely raining more than cats and dogs after rain and winds ravaged La Grange, IL, causing widespread power outages and damage. 

After the storm, Northshore’s dispatch received a call from a commercial parking lot. It is hard to imagine the strength needed to blow over a semi trailer but this storm had enough power to overturn not one, but four empty semi trailers! The heavy tow team was dispatched along with two wreckers to help upright the overturned trailers.

Once on site, the team got to work assessing each individual trailer. Thankfully, only minor damage was done to the trailers so uprighting them would be more straightforward. Working on one trailer at a time, the team maneuvered the two wreckers to slowly upright the trailers. An assistance vehicle was also hooked onto the trailer using a recovery strap; this helped the team control the velocity of the trailer movement and prevent it from crashing to the ground.

All four trailers were successfully uprighted in yet another amazing job done by the heavy tow crew!

Storm Hits and Heavy Tow Rescues 4 Overturned  Semis Details

The Northshore Towing dispatch center received a phone call last week from a commercial parking lot requesting a heavy tow team. The heavy tow team was dispatched along with a 54 ton wrecker and a 60 ton wrecker. The heavy tow team drove from Evanstan to La Grange following the I-55 N and I-94 W. The heavy tow technicians arrived at the commercial parking lot and saw four overturned semi trailers.

The Heavy Tow Team assessed the first trailer. The Heavy tow team noticed it was on its side. They decided to use a 54 ton wrecker and a 60 ton wrecker. Heavy tow team backed in the larger wrecker towards the back of the trailer. The Heavy Tow team backed up the smaller wrecker towards the middle of the overturned trailer. They lifted the back of the trailed while pulling down on the middle of the trailer using the smaller wrecker. A control vehicle hooked onto the trailer with a long recovery strap was used to control the movement of the trailer to avoid it crashing down. The first trailer was uprighted. 

The Heavy Tow Team assessed the second trailer. The Heavy tow team noticed it was on its side. They decided to use a 54 ton wrecker and a 60 ton wrecker. Heavy tow team backed in the larger wrecker towards the back of the trailer. The Heavy Tow team backed up the smaller wrecker towards the middle of the overturned trailer. They lifted the back of the trailed while pulling down on the middle of the trailer using the smaller wrecker. A control vehicle hooked onto the trailer with a long recovery strap was used to control the movement of the trailer to avoid it crashing down. The second trailer was uprighted. 

The Heavy Tow Team assessed the third trailer. The Heavy tow team noticed it was on its side. They decided to use a 50 ton wrecker and a 60 ton wrecker. Heavy tow team backed in the larger wrecker towards the back of the trailer. The Heavy Tow team backed up the smaller wrecker towards the middle of the overturned trailer. They lifted the back of the trailed while pulling down on the middle of the trailer using the smaller wrecker. A control vehicle hooked onto the trailer with a  long recovery strap was used to control the movement of the trailer to avoid it crashing down. The third trailer was uprighted. 

The Heavy Tow Team assessed the fourth trailer. The Heavy tow team noticed it was on its side. They decided to use a 54 ton wrecker and a 60 ton wrecker. Heavy tow team backed in the larger wrecker towards the back of the trailer. The Heavy Tow team backed up the smaller wrecker towards the middle of the overturned trailer. They lifted the back of the trailed while pulling down on the middle of the trailer using the smaller wrecker. A control vehicle hooked onto the trailer with a  long recovery strap was used to control the movement of the trailer to avoid it crashing down. The fourth trailer was uprighted. 

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