Heavy Grain

Grain is heavier than you might think, especially when there’s tons of it.

We talked about cornering too fast in the past and the dynamics of load and centrifugal forces. Everyone knows if you’re too heavy and too fast over you go.

Luckily no one was hurt in this roll over and Big Rig Towing was able to get this rig back on its rubber with very little damage except for lost cargo.

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Implosion

It sucks when you are forgetful. You misplace your car keys; you forget to put out the garbage, maybe even a birthday or an anniversary.

When you forget to properly vent a sealed storage tank before emptying it hot gas/air in the sealed container is left to cool. The air pressure difference inside is so great that the structure is compromised.

That can lead to catastrophic implosion like what happened to this tanker and that sucks, literally. Once that happens you can just tow what’s left to the scrap yard.

Big Rig Towing sees more than its fair share of these types of accidents. Luckily no one was injured during this one.

So if you’re not planning on creating your own version of the Oscar Meyer Weiner car, stay alert and don’t forget to vent.

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Tilt

photo 1How many trucks get stuck in the ditch every year because they failed to negotiate a corner correctly or under estimate the steepness of the curb?

That would be an interesting statistic. I would think that cornering and knowing your environment would be the most important part of a big rig driving test. Surely you need to be able to know these things to get hired to drive one of these big trucks.

This flat bed was transporting a farm sprayer when it pulled over to let a car pass. A couple more inches and this would have been a roll over

Big Rig Towing pulls its fair share of hapless rigs and their helpless cargo from many a ditch in southern Alberta.

The only good thing about so much practice is you got to get good at something you do so often.

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Cornering

How many times have you gone around a corner without incident? Thousands, right? It’s that one time you lose concentration that gets you.

This 130000 lb scraper unit was on its way to a road wash out on highway 22 south of Longview. After recent flooding in Alberta this road needed leveling and grading and was counting on the scraper to help out.

Fortunately this was no roll over and Big Rig Towing had them out of the ditch and on their way unscathed and ready to work.

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Missed it By That Much

During the recent flooding in Alberta, many bridges and water structures were affected by the raging torrents.

On its way to repair a damaged bridge in High River the driver of this unit took  this corner too tight and the rear end dropped off the steep road side.

Big Rig Towing used the rotator to lift the back of the trailer while the truck and a grader pulled the unit forward out of the ditch.

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