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Crews spend half day transferring massive load from tractor-trailer rig in Pollok

Workers move 91,000 pound pressure vessel. (Source: KTRE Staff) Workers move 91,000 pound pressure vessel. (Source: KTRE Staff)
POLLOK, TX (KTRE) -

The southbound lanes of US 69 in Pollok were shut down for several hours this morning as crews moved a 91,000-pound pressure vessel.

The vessel had to be transferred onto another semi after the semi that was carrying it broke down.

It took 10 men, two cranes, five different companies, a week of preparations, and more than six hours to move the vessel.

"This is the first time I have ever had it happen in 48 years of this magnitude," said Texas Heavy Haul driver, Will Hanson.

The massive load was headed to the Port of Houston from Wisconsin last Friday when the driver tried to make a U-turn.

When the driver attempted the U-turn, his trailer broke.

“Its high-centered and just bent the trailer in half," Hanson said.

It took a week to organize the transfer, which claimed two lanes on US 69, and it took several hours for the cranes to fasten the vessel and another hour to lift it.

“The weight isn't bad; it's just the length and the size," Hanson said.

All together it took about three hours to get the vessel off of the broken trailer and onto the new trailer.

The transfer cost close to $15,000.

The vessel wasn't scheduled to be in Houston until next week. The transportation company still expects to have it in Houston in the next few days.

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