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By Jim "Buck" Sorrenti

Tri-State Towing and Recovery in Evansville, Indiana, started as Rideout's Service Center in Henderson, Kentucky. They have been serving their area for over 35 years. Gary Crawford owns Tri-State.

At around noon on May 23, the Webster County (Kentucky) sheriff called Tri-State for a box truck over the guardrail on I-69 northbound.

Tri-State dispatched operator Steve Bell. He responded with their 2008 Peterbilt with a 35-ton NRC. When he arrived on scene and saw the situation, he requested that they send a rotator.

Heavy operator Lance Wayne responded with Tri-State's 2018 NRC 50/65 sliding rotator. Riding shotgun with Lance was his 7-year old son Luke.

"He is my son and he just loves to work," Lance proudly stated.

When Lance and Luke arrived on scene, Bell had the casualty pulled up out of the woods to the guardrail.

"Steve had winched it up out of the woods," Lance said. "He had the rim slings in the wheels with blue round slings with clevis."

Lance staged the rotator alongside of the guardrail. Little operator Luke helped his dad and Steve set it up.

"We set the rotator up and rigged it to pick the box truck over the guardrail," explained Lance. "We used the auxiliary lines to the one side and the mains to the other side. I lifted, swung the box truck over the guardrail and set it on the passenger side of the rotator."

Once the box truck was back on the right side of the guardrail, Bell backed up the 35-ton NRC hooked to it, pulled the shaft and towed it away.

Editor's Note: Look for more on Little Operator Luke Wayne and his dad Lance in an upcoming issue of American Towman Magazine.

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