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Recovery on Mowbray Mountain

0 9e5fdby Jim "Buck" Sorrenti

Doug Yates Towing & Recovery is located in Chattanooga, Tenn. Doug and his son Shannon run the third-generation family-owned business. They have been providing the southeast with a diverse array of services since 1946.

At 6 p.m. on Feb. 26, they received the call to recover a Mowbray Mountain Volunteer Fire Department truck.

Rotator operator Brad Grow and heavy-duty operator Julio Castro were dispatched. They responded in a 2016 Kenworth T-880/Century 1150 50-ton rotator.

"This occurred on Hotwater Road in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., on Mowbray Mountain," Grow said. "Hotwater Road is a narrow two-lane rural road and the driver got a little too far off of the side. The ditch sucked him in and he ran into the culvert."

After doing his walkaround, Grow positioned the 1150 rotator in the road just in front of the fire truck. The boom was rigged to the frame of the fire truck between the bumper and the grill to lift it out of the culvert. Protection was used so that the truck was not damaged by their chains.

They ran the 1150's drag winch to a snatch block at a tree behind the fire truck and across the road, then back to the rear pull ring of the truck.

"This allowed the truck to be pulled back while we had the front end lifted out of the culvert," Grow said. "The drag winch also helped to hold the truck more level."

Even though they had the front lifted out of the culvert, the rear axle was still in the ditch and leaning pretty hard. The truck was winched back and the boom was rotated around until the rear axle was all the way back to the road.

"At this point we could go no further with the drag winch, because the cable was going to get into the rear compartment doors," Grow said. "The rear pull ring is located inside the rear compartment. We finished by rotating the boom to bring the front end the rest of the way up on the road. No additional damage was done to the vehicle by our recovery."

Grow then towed the vehicle to the Mowbray Mountain firehouse where it was to be inspected and repaired as needed.

Editor's Note: See the detailed print version of this recovery in an upcoming issue of American Towman Magazine.

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