The Week's Features
Company borne from owner’s motorcycle that wouldn’t run
Associatio nwants to pay drivers $100 more per tow
New line of decals and T-shirts now available
Absorbents help clean up the mess on Route 24
New space increases capacity more than 50-percent
Digital Edition
Click Here
Events
AT Exposition
Baltimore, MD.
Nov. 17-19, 2017
AT ShowPlace
Las Vegas, NV.
May 9-11, 2018
Tow Expo Dallas
Dallas, TX.
August 16-17, 2018
Don't Miss It!
Many tow bosses incorrectly assume they are exempt from hours of service and many other trucking industry regulations. In his seminar, “Electronic Logging Device Compliance,” Brian Riker of Worldwide Equipment Sales discuss how to be prepared to utilize log books and electronic logging devices. This seminar will be a part of the Management Conference taking place during the American Towman Exposition, Nov. 17-19 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Be sure to register today! atexposition.com

atexposition.com
logotype
Translate Language  
American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingOctober 18 - October 24, 2017
hd-road

Bagged Peanuts in Ohio

0 296a9by Jim "Buck" Sorrenti

Erik Stearns is the owner and president of Stearns Cos. in Findlay, Ohio, that include Dick's Auto Salvage, Dick's Towing Services, Keebler's Towing Services and Ed's 24-Hour Service.

On March 6, 2016, they were called by the Ohio State Highway Patrol to recover a tractor-trailer that had rolled over.

"This was the second major truck accident of that day," Stearns said. "This one was loaded with 32,000-pounds of peanuts."

Stearns took his son Carson with him and responded in his 2012 Peterbilt with a Century 1075 75-ton rotator.

Ed's also dispatched operators Adam Still, Andy Saum, Adam Settlemire, Nick Frena, Mike Pendergast and Chris Sawinski. They responded with a 1990 Peterbilt/Century 1050 50-ton, 2015 Ford F-650 rollback hauling a S750 Bobcat with a sweeper and a 2015 Chevy 3500 service truck pulling their airbag trailer.

"The truck and trailer were both owned by an owner-operator and he was on-scene when we arrived," Stearns said. "He was adamant about paying the bill and driving it away to make his delivery on time."

After assessing the scene, the decision was made to recover the units from a parallel access road because the accident had occurred in a very narrow two-lane construction zone. Ed's team choose to use airbags along with the wreckers to insure a no-damage recovery since both the truck and trailer were old and very worn-out.

"In the downtime to get the bags on-scene," Stearns said, "we prepped the truck for towing and rigged the 1075 rotator for the lift, using round slings in the WreckMaster method of across the ends and around the corners."

The team started the lift with the starter bags. Once the starter bags were all under the trailer and fully inflated, they replaced the starter bags with lifting bags. The units were lifted with the bags and rotator as far as possible; but given the fact the left side of the units had landed on the ditch, they could not fully upright the units.

The ditch was very muddy and the units were mired. A line from the Century 1075 rotator was rigged to the right-hand dolly leg to get some lift as the Century 1050 winched the units to the access road. The 1050 then towed the truck and trailer as a combination to Ed's shop.

"Surprisingly, the driver could not cover the recovery bill that night, but about a week later the insurance company did; and with some shady repairs performed by the driver he drove it away," Stearns laughed.

Show Yours @ TIW
Do you have a recovery to share with TIW readers? Send some pics and info to our Field Editor Jim "Buck" Sorrenti at jimchaos69@yahoo.com; your story may even be selected for print in American Towman magazine
Translate Page
Contact Us

WreckMaster President Justin Cruse said that the WreckMaster Convention will bring together towers from all over North America to provide a unique and beneficial opportunity to broaden knowledge.
© 2017  Tow Industry Week/American Towman Media, Inc.