Towing Service Called in After Crane Engine Explodes on Highway 400!
Abrams’ towing service was called in to move a 70,000 lb crane at a construction site on Highway 400 in Vaughan, Ontario. The crane was being used to rebuild an overpass as part of a large highway widening project. All was going well and the construction crew was on their last day working with the crane when disaster struck and the crane’s diesel engine gave up and blew up! Thankfully, no one was hurt.
This left the construction team with a massive 70,000 lb problem. The crane was in a hole over 20 feet deep and they had no way to move it! They called in the heavy duty towing experts at Abrams to see if they would be able to recover the crane. The crane was actually fitted with two large tow loops on it’s front end. The only issue was that it was facing the wrong way and would need to be moved prior to winching it back uphill!
The crane operators bought a handheld pump and had to manually pump hydraulic fluid into the crane. This allowed them to turn the wheels and release and apply the brakes when needed. As you can imagine, manually pumping and handling a 70,000 lb crane is a tedious task. Once they finally got the crane in the correct position, the Abrams team used their 50 ton rotator to slowly winch the crane out of the hole.
The heavy towing service team then spun the crane around and backed it onto an awaiting float trailer. Technically, their job was now done. That being said, the towing service team knew that the repair shop that the crane was destined for would be unable to offload the crane from the trailer. They made the decision to follow the crane to the repair shop where they easily unloaded it for the mechanics.
Fantastic work out there team! Cold weather and a 70,000 lb load are no match for your skills!
Details of Towing Service Called in After Crane Engine Explodes on Highway 400!
Abrams towing service received a call requesting their presence at a construction site on Highway 400 and 16th Avenue in Vaughan, Ontario. The towing service immediately dispatched a team to the job site. The towing service team arrived on site with a 50 ton wrecker.
The towing service team assessed the situation. The towing service team noted that a 70,000 lb crane needed to be winched out of a hole that was over 20 feet deep. The towing service team noted that the crane was a 4 wheel drive crane that was rarely used for driving on normal roads. This meant that the crane was outfitted with two tow loops on its front end.
The towing service team stood by as the crane operators had to manually maneuver the crane to the correct position. Once the crane was in the right position, the towing service team hooked onto it’s tow loops and slowly winched the crane up the hill. Once the crane was on flat ground again, the towing service team spun it around. The towing team then pulled the crane towards a float trailer and used their truck to back the crane onto the trailer. The towing service team then followed the crane to the garage where it was offloaded in Markham, Ontario.