Pennsylvania Plow Truck Recovery
By Jim "Buck" Sorrenti
As the American Towman Expo XXVIII was winding down in Baltimore, the first snow storm of the season hit the northeast and towers hit the snow-covered roads.
One of those towers was Ed Cardiello of Ed's Auto Service and Towing in Mount Pocono, Pa.
In the wee hours of the morning of November 20, Cardiello got a call to recover the first plow truck of the season.
"The call came in at around 1 a.m Sunday morning from a private customer, the fleet manager for A Pocono Country Place," Cardiello explained. "This is a private community and they maintain their own fleet of plow trucks."
Cardiello and his son Joe drove to the scene in their Unit #6, a Jerr-Dan HDL 700/350 35-ton heavy-duty wrecker.
"My son Joe came along to keep me company and to handle the rigging, pulling rope, climbing and playing in the snow," Cardiello said. "Too much for me and good experience for him."
Upon surveying the scene, Cardiello and Joe saw the plow truck stuck in a pretty deep hole.
"The plow truck was going up a pretty steep hill," stated Cardiello, "and got sucked in the shoulder. The ground isn't hard yet and the truck was three-quarters loaded with cinder so it sunk in and had a pretty good lean to it. It was a pretty good hole."
The father and son team went to work rigging in the cold dark snow stormy night.
Cardiello informed, "We first ran a high line, doubled, to the plow frame for some lift and pull. We then ran a second low line to the sub-frame of the body to keep things from getting goofy.
"I knew I wouldn't be able to use the side line for long since the street was narrow and I couldn't get the angle I wanted," he continued. "Usually I would wrap the back of the truck with a strap but didn't do to the gate being open and against the cinders. I pulled it up and out but then had to stop before the line contacted the body. It still needed more stability so I moved up to the LF frame to pull the corner down."
After the plow truck was out they looked it over and the truck was OK. The driver got in it and went back to work.
Cardiello stated, "We finished at 3 a.m. I wrote out the bill and went back to bed."Show Yours @ TIWDo you have a recovery to share with TIW readers? Send some pics and info to our Field Editor Jim "Buck" Sorrenti at firstname.lastname@example.org; your story may even be selected for print in American Towman magazine