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Extreme Winds & Extreme Recovery in Baltimore

0-Untitled 4456cBy Jim "Buck" Sorrenti

Morton's Towing & Recovery is a family owned and operated towing company located in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland. They have been providing a variety of services since 2001 and now have four locations in Rockville, Clarksburg, Mount Airy and Laurel, Maryland.

Owner David Morton has over 30-plus years' experience and leads his team by example.

In the early morning of November 3, 2018 Morton's received a call a commercial property owner in Baltimore to upright numerous trailers that had blown over during a severe wind shear.

"First the property owner called a local crane company," Morton's General Manager John Collins explained. "The crane company referred him to us."

Collins responded in a five-axle 2016 Peterbilt 389 with a Century 1050R 50-ton rotator, operator Ronnie Doss went out in a four-axle 2016 Peterbilt 389 with a Century 1050R 50-ton rotator, operator Joe Kentfield was in a 2018 Kenworth T880 with a Century 9055 50-ton integrated heavy and operator Shane Polling responded in a single axle 2015 Kenworth T800 with a Miller 25-ton.

"Jeff Maulner, a very good friend of mine, and his son Wyatt had stopped by the shop as we were heading out and they came along for the much needed extra help," Collins said.

Extremely high winds had caused a big mess in Baltimore.

"This was a big plastics company in Baltimore," John informed. "We left at 7:30 a.m. and got on location at about 8:45 a.m. The loading dock area was a mess with containers on their sides, with some being wedged tight up against each other. A few had the landing gear from others imbedded in the sides or roofs.

"The wind shear," Collins continued, "with winds reported at up to 95 mph, had blown over nine trailers on this property and three of these containers were loaded, and there were seven or eight others that were jammed together. The extreme winds had even blown two of the container trailers out of the lot into the grass."

All of Morton's crew worked methodically rigging the casualties with straps and chains and the rotators and wreckers worked in tandem to perform the uprighting and separating of the container trailers.

"Everyone was involved with this clean-up recovery," Collins stated. "Even young Wyatt put on his blue hard hat and got to work. He was at the controls helping get this mess straightened out. We uprighted nine and separated the seven or eight, spacing and placing them all the way they should be.

"We had arrived on scene at 8:45 a.m. and left to head back to our shop at 6:15 p.m. Long day, but a job well done by our crew with the additional assistance from Jeff and Wyatt Maulner."

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