American Towman Magazine - January 2022

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parking lot. The rig then slid into a parked dump truck, and the nose of that unit punctured the roof of the box truck. Operator JT Sagun responded in Unit 86, a 2007 Peterbilt 379 with a Century 1075S 75-ton rotator. Operator Florrie Sassani was in Unit 102, a 2016 Peterbilt running a 35-ton Vulcan with integrated boom, and operator Walter Gonzalez went out in the Service Van

as additional assistance. Traffic control is necessary for quick clearance, and responder safety is a priority for preventing secondary accidents. Fortunately, the driver of the rollover was not seriously hurt. With traffic control in place, the team staged the rotator

This rear view shows a Century 1075S 75-ton rotator with a 10-foot 20-inch flat strap across the back of the box

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and the 35-ton wrecker. The team rigged a 10-foot 20inch flat strap across the back of the box to keep the integrity of the sides intact. A single line, 10-foot chain, was run off the 75-ton rotator to the rear of the box truck’s frame as a catch line. More equipment was needed, however, to expedite the recovery. “We also ran one line from the 35-ton wrecker to the front axle of the casualty to

be utilized as a down-pull line,” explained company owner Nick Testa. “Wireless headsets were key to communication by the team throughout the recovery.” Once the casualty was upright, it was towed to a location for offloading, then to its final destination to await for an insurance adjuster to come. All told, Nick’s Towing got this quick clearance done in the nick of time.