Things That Make You Say, 'HUH?!'
By Jim "Buck" Sorrenti
This is one of those moments that make you cock your head to the side, rub your eyes and go, "HUH?!"
Ed Cardiello and his wife, Yvonne, started Ed's Auto Service and Towing in Mount Pocono, Pa., in 1995. Through the years they have been called to handle more than a few unusual and challenging recoveries.
In August, Ed's received a call from a local U-Haul dealer that they have as a customer. The dealer said one of their rental trucks was stuck in their lot.
Joey Cardiello responded with his 2005 Ford F-650 extended cab with a 2005 Jerr-Dan HPL-60 Cougar on the business end. It has been a workhorse for the company since they first purchased it; they gave it a complete overhaul and facelift in 2015.
When Joey arrived, he found the U-Haul truck stuck on a pressure-treated 6x6 post concreted into a 5-gal. plastic bucket.
"This is a new one for the U-Haul file," Ed said. "This guy returns the rental truck to the U-Haul dealer and while parking it, he runs over some sort of marker post in a bucket. So then the dealer goes to move it and says that he felt resistance. So he gave it the gas and the rear of the truck came off the ground. When the truck backed over the post, it sprung back up. Then when he pulled it ahead, it sort of pole-vaulted the truck up."
Joey backed his HPL-60 up to the driver's side of the stuck U-Haul truck. He ran a recovery strap through the rear steel rim and snugged the wheel. The straps were attached to the lines of the medium-duty.
Joey boomed up and out and lifted the back-end of the U-Haul up and off the post and set it back on its wheels. Through all the wackiness, the U-Haul had no damage except for a smashed taillight.
"I've been working in towing and driving wreckers 24/7 since I was 15," Ed said. "After 35 years, I never saw anything like this before! Just goes to show you never know what you're going to see when you pull up!"
Joey said the old reliable HPL-60 handles anything and everything it's called to do.
"I've been driving this truck since I was 16," Joey said with pride. "It's the most versatile truck in our fleet and allows us to have one of the most diverse fleets in the area. Every job is memorable."
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