Mission Wrecker received a call for assistance for heavy towing I37 around 6 PM on December 17. Our heavy towing team responded and arrived on the scene within thirty minutes. They discovered an overturned trailer ripped in half on I37 North at the exit for the 410 loop in San Antonio, Texas. While these types of calls are not uncommon, they were shocked to find hundreds of watermelons rolling around the highway.However, before the fruit could be attended to, there was serious business to handle. The rollover accident blocked the exit and resulted in a hazmat diesel fuel spill requiring containment. Mission Wrecker’s heavy towing I37 team first drilled and tapped the fuel tanks of the truck. Using a pneumatic air pump, they transferred the fuel to their recovery trailer, successfully reducing the risk of fire. Next, an absorbent compound was used to soak up the remaining fuel. With the fuel spill contained and cleaned, the heavy towing I37 team got to work. The tractor was disconnected from the trailer, and from there, the trailer was uprighted to open the exit ramp back up to traffic. Because the trailer broke completely in half, the front half was loaded onto the Landoll trailer, while the back was towed by a heavy wrecker. An additional heavy wrecker towed the cab of the truck away from the scene of the accident.Four dumpster containers were brought to the scene and a local roll off and lumber service company was called to assist with cleanup of the fruit. Using a skid steer with a grapple bucket and clamp, many of the watermelons were easily scooped up. The remaining melons were picked up by a team that created an assembly line from the ground to the dumpsters. Thanks to the help of the San Antonio Police Department and everyone involved for completing their job safely and efficiently in six hours.
Details of Watermelons and Heavy Towing I37
The Mission Wrecker heavy towing I37 team responded to a call on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 at 6PM. While driving down I37 North, a truck driver nearly passed the exit for the 410 loop in San Antonio, Texas. The driver swerved quickly to avoid missing the exit, which caused the truck to overturn. The motion launched 75,000 pounds of watermelons all over the roadway and split the trailer in half. Before the heavy towing I37 team arrived, passing cars were pulling off to steal the loose watermelons. The Mission Wrecker heavy towing I37 arrived on the scene within thirty minutes and promptly assessed the situation. First, the heavy towing I37 team needed to clean the hazmat diesel fuel leak that had sprung as a result of the accident. A team of six worked quickly to drill and tap into the fuel tanks of the truck. With a pneumatic air pump, the heavy towing I37 team transferred the fuel to a recovery trailer to mitigate the risk of fire. The heavy towing I37 team then used absorbent to soak up the remaining diesel on the road and contain the spill. Now, with the leak cleaned, the heavy towing I37 team began work on uprighting the trailer. First, they disconnected the tractor from the trailer and returned it to its proper position. Due to the split of the trailer, the heavy towing I37 team loaded the front half onto a Landoll trailer. The back half was towed by a heavy wrecker from Mission Wrecker’s heavy towing I37 fleet. A separate heavy wrecker towed the cab of the truck. Mission Wrecker’s heavy towing I37 team hired a roll-off and lumber service to assist with watermelon cleanup. Eight people formed an assembly line to pass the watermelons from the ground to four dumpster containers brought to the scene. The other watermelons were picked up with a skid steer and grapple bucket attachment. Thanks to the help of six San Antonio Police Department members, traffic was quickly reopened and the heavy towing I37 team completed the job safely.The above marketing copy and photo images are not an accurate account of the facts of this tow or recovery. The marketing copy and photo images are a marketing description created for marketing purposes only and do not replace an actual detailed, legal description accompanied by verified images that serve as testimony of the actual events that occurred during this tow or recovery.