Skilled Jackknifed Semi-Truck Recovery in Dexter, OR
Early Monday morning, Puddle Jumper Towing service received an emergency call about a jackknifed semi-truck that needed recovery on Hwy 58 near Dexter, OR. The experienced 24/7 towing team quickly dispatched their most robust 50 ton heavy duty recovery truck along with a 6-person flagging crew to manage traffic control at the scene.
Upon arrival shortly after sunrise, the towing crew immediately got to work. The flaggers set up signs, cones and lighting to safely reroute traffic away from the jackknifed truck. Meanwhile, the heavy duty recovery truck maneuvered into position behind the badly damaged tractor to attach winch lines. With skilled precision, the operator winched the semi-truck back onto the road to complete the complex jackknifed semi-truck recovery. Despite the extensive front end damage, the experienced towing team still managed to securely hook up the semi to tow it back to the Puddle Jumper repair shop.
In total, the challenging jackknifed semi-truck recovery took about 10 hours to safely clear the highway, because our seasoned 24/7 towing technicians have the knowledge, equipment, and experience to handle tough jackknifed semi-truck recovery jobs like this and get traffic back to normal quickly and safely.
Details of Jackknifed Semi-Truck Recovery
Puddle Jumper Towing received an emergency call about a jackknifed semi-truck that had crashed and was fully blocking the westbound lanes of Hwy 58 near mile marker 10 close to Dexter. The truck had jackknifed across both lanes and the shoulder, requiring major jackknifed semi-truck recovery efforts to clear the roadway.
Puddle Jumper immediately dispatched their largest 50 ton heavy duty recovery truck along with a 6 person highway flagging crew in a separate traffic control vehicle. Arriving on scene just before sunrise, the towing flaggers quickly and efficiently cordoned off the area with cones, signs, and flares. They then began safely rerouting westbound traffic to the opposite eastbound side of the highway to get around the accident site.
At the same time, the heavy duty recovery truck maneuvered into position behind the badly damaged tractor trailer. The experienced operator then strategically attached multiple winch lines to specific points on the jackknifed semi in order to carefully straighten and pull the entire rig back onto the road. This required meticulous calculations and slow, precise winching over several hours to complete the complex jackknifed semi-truck recovery.
Despite extensive front end damage, the skilled tow truck driver was still able to securely hook up the wrecked tractor once it was back on the highway. He then slowly and cautiously towed the disabled semi back to Puddle Jumper’s repair shop located just 10 miles down Hwy 58.
In total, the difficult jackknifed semi-truck recovery took approximately 10 hours to fully clear the highway after the early morning accident. The on-duty team did an excellent job with their rapid response and skill in methodically tackling this major jackknifed semi accident scene.
The jackknifed semi-truck was not drivable after being pulled from the crash site. Photos showed the tractor’s front end was fully detached in several large pieces, with critical parts like the engine and radiator laying in the roadside ditch. The Oregon State Police and Department of Transportation assisted with re-directing traffic and the accident investigation. However, the successful jackknifed semi-truck recovery was fully handled by Puddle Jumper’s experienced, around-the-clock towing team. Their efficient response and recovery efforts allowed Hwy 58 to be fully reopened shortly after the dramatic pre-dawn jackknifed tractor-trailer accident.