On May 11, the Missouri Highway Patrol had traffic stalled on Main Street, escorting an extremely wide load with flashing lights. The trucks passing through sparked the interest of several watching. The heavy haul spent the night parked at Ren Potterfield Trucking’s lot.
Phillip Potterfield explained, “The truck had 24 axles on the trailer (12 double axels), with four on the push truck and four on the pull truck. The weight was 530,000 pounds.” The truck took up the majority of the road.
Complete Heavy Haul, a company out of Nacogdoches, TX was hauling for Miller Truck Lines, of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Miller Truck Lines Senior Project Manager Kevin Dickmann, stated, “We are a specialized division that hauls loads like this all the time.” The group was hauling a slug catcher to a company called Gas Tech, which is a natural gas plant located in Fisher, IL near Champaign.
Dickmann explained each day the company has a different team of highway patrol escorts, sharing, “The Missouri Highway Patrol are always very helpful and the local departments are great to work with as we pass through different towns.” He shared earlier in the day the group had driven through Hermann and had to go the wrong way around the courthouse to pass through.