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Eaton Towing, in Williston, N.D., and Shelley, Idaho, is family owned and operated and has been in business since 1947. Richard Eaton and Dorothy Anderson along with sons Isaac and the late Richard "Shawn" Eaton have built a reputation for being a well-equipped towing, recovery and transport service known for handling difficult recoveries and being devoted to customer service.

On June 6, 2017 Eaton was called to recover a dump truck.

"I was called out by the construction company, Sunhagin Construction," Isaac said. "They had a loaded dump truck on a driveway approach to a customer's summer home that had slid sideways while backing up the hill and was in danger of tipping."

Eaton's second driver was out of the area, so Isaac responded with their 2016 Kenworth 880 with a Jerr-Dan 60-ton rotator. This isn't just any wrecker—it is a rolling memorial to Shawn, who died on March 11, 2016, from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident.

Isaac explained, "It was roughly 1-1/2 hours away, and I was able to get pictures and learn that it was slipping sideways, and the driver wouldn't let go of the brake in fear of it tipping over."

When Isaac arrived on scene, he was a little shocked at how steep the driveway was, and spent a few minutes doing a walkaround. The construction company had the dump truck chained to keep it from slipping further away on the soft shoulder.

Isaac decided to drag the loaded dump back up the road.

"I was afraid of it coming down the hill uncontrollably after freeing it from its condition," Isaac said, "I locked in the differentials and lockers and crawled to the top."

Isaac got the rotator in position. After it was staged, he set the outriggers and spades, and locked all the brakes.

"I rigged my high line to the duals, and low line, a triple line off my drag winch, to the rear of the dump," Isaac said. "I then aired up the dump truck and put a headset on the driver so we could communicate. Once I tightened up the high line, and the truck was secure, I winched him back to me.

"The load was top heavy, and took a little to get away from the soft shoulder, but it came to me nicely."

After the dump truck was straight on the road, Isaac let him down the hill by winching out. He then pulled the rotator away and backed down the hill.

"I was on scene roughly two hours, and had a very happy customer," he said.

(This article originally appeared in the June 14, 2017 edition of  Tow Industry Week.)

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