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Asphalt Assault

0-Asphalt Assault-TIW-8 copy 0dfffby Jim "Buck" Sorrenti

Uzek Susol owns and operates Orcas Towing in Eastsound, Washington, which he started in 1991.

Susol received a call from the San Juan County Sheriff in the end of October to recover a loaded dump truck. He headed to the scene in his classic Holmes 750.

Once on scene, he found a dump truck with a full load of asphalt, rolled on its side ending up into a house and under the roof.

"The Orcas Island Fire Department was on scene and firefighters stabilized and shored up the roof to keep it from caving in," Susol said.

He surveyed the scene, confirming all potential obstacles and dangers such as power, water, phone lines, fuel and the house itself. Susol also considered other possible safety issues, such as dragging the fuel tank during the recovery to prevent spill and shutting off the truck's battery power. He calculated the resistance, double-checked all of the rigging and snugged the lines.

"We decided to drag the dump truck from under the roof onto the roadway, as rolling it over in place would have further damaged the roof," Susol said. "A high pull from the 750 terminated low on the dump truck to prevent its fuel tank from dragging. I was also hoping to tip the box to loosen the remaining asphalt still in the box."

A safety zone was set up, the dump was rigged and the 750 started to pull the dump truck from the house. Slow and steady and she was on her way out.

Once the dump was safely on the roadway and away from the house with no secondary damage, they finished unloading the asphalt by shovel. Firefighters remained on scene throughout the recovery process and helped with shoveling the asphalt out of the dump box.

"With the box unloaded," Suzol said, "we re-rigged for a low pull from the 750 to a high point on the dump truck to force it back onto its wheels. We put a chain from the frame with a foundry hook over bed side to prevent the box from opening during rollover."

Taking his time at the controls of the 750, Susol brought the dump up and back on its wheels. With the house secured and the dump on the ground, he prepared the dump for towing with the 750.

"My 14-ton was the largest truck in the San Juans, until I bought this old girl 750. The 750 will do everything the 14-ton can do, plus more," said Susol. "She's a good old girl that will serve me well on my small island!"

He cleaned up his end and was on his way. Another job well done.

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