RS Recovery were tasked by the Local Authorities to assist with an incident involving an overturned HGV. A challenging incident as the vehicle combination was fully laden at 44 tonnes, with diesel having been spilled over the road surface.
Once we had assessed the job and and explained to the emergency services what was needed to right the vehicle, a plan of action was put in place and our trucks were moved into position. High and low pressure air recovery cushions were also used to aid the lift and to stop the side of the container bulging out any more.
Three recovery vehicles were used to roll it back onto its wheels; an NRC 35T slider was used to take most of the weight and to help the trailer wheels grip. A Boniface Interstater was used to pull the tractor unit over and assist the front of the trailer and a Foden 6×6 ATLAS rotator was used get the air cushions under and to stop the trailer sliding on the tarmac due to the fuel and oil spillage. The air recovery cushions were used to start the initial lift.
Once the vehicle was righted the fire brigade left the scene as they felt the fuel was no longer causing any risk, the scene was left to the highways contractors to inspect and repair the road, the vehicle was recovered by the NRC Heavy under-lift recovery truck to RS Recovery for secure storage.
A video clip of the HGV being rolled back on to its wheels can be viewed below.
On the 3rd January 2018, RS Recovery were called late in the afternoon to attend a major incident involving an fully loaded HGV on the M5. A HGV was overturned and been on fire, which devastated the entire vehicle. Prior to our arrival, the emergency services had put out the fire and once it had cleared, it was apparent that there was no remains of the vehicle apart form the steel structures and debris.
We executed a plan in agreement with Highways England to ensure the motorway was able to be opened the following morning, with enough time for the highways services to undertake necessary roadworks.
Due to the condition of the HGV it was a thoughtful and time-consuming job that involved removing amounts of debris and cutting large sections of the vehicle. We employed the help of a specialist grab hire company to clear the debris and gain access to the vehicle. Once the majority of the burnt debris was cleared, the tractor unit was split from the trailer and loaded on to a low loader. As the trailer was a double deck, sections of it needed to be disassembled and cut to ensure it could be safely transported away from the scene. Once this was complete, it was lifted by 2 of our vehicles and loaded on to another waiting low loader.
Once placed on to the low loader, the sections of the trailer were secured and the load was escorted back to our base.
We understand the driver was pulled out by a member of the public and taken to hospital as a precaution.
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