Halloween Trick?

Nov 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Recovery

Submitted by Zeman Towing and Crane

At around 6:30 a.m. on Halloween morning, Zeman Towing and Crane Service of Mauston, Wis., received a call from the police department. They needed help removing a semi tractor and trailer from Barnes IGA grocery store in New Lisbon. (They thought this was a good Halloween trick.)

Upon arrival, the recovery operators saw the semi trailer sticking out of the grocery store, but the tractor inside the store was unrecognizable and under tons of debris. The driver, later found out to be intoxicated, drove his tractor and trailer through the side of the building and damaged the main I-beam, the building structure and knocked out the power in the town.

Zeman used a 50-ton Grove truck crane to hold up the main beam and keep the structure from collapsing. The trailer, which was hauling 40,000 lbs. of wood flooring, was then unloaded. Two Ford wreckers were used to remove the tractor and trailer from the gaping hole and haul them to Zeman’s storage facility. A skid steer and rollback flat bed were used to clean up the rest of the debris and haul it to the land fill.

Zeman Towing and Crane Service would like to give special thanks to the New Lisbon Fire and Rescue Department and the New Lisbon Police Department. It was nice to know that there were specialized people available to help without any questions asked. These departments went above and beyond the call of duty to help their community and local businesses.

Equipment used:

• 1987 Ford LTL 9000 with a 40-ton NRC Slider

• 1982 Ford 9000 with a 20-ton Century hydraulic

• 1980 TMS 475 50-ton Grove truck crane

• 2005 John Deere Skid Steer

• 2001 Sterling truck with a Century rollback