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Tow truck crews prepare for icy weather

Lance Burda has been in the towing business for 20 years. He owns Burda’s Towing which has seven locations in the West Metro.

"There were three of us scheduled tomorrow that were planned, but I'm just sending the message out to the guys that if this freezing rain that they are talking, just trying to see who is available and who can come in," Burda says.

According to AAA 2016 holiday travel numbers, a record number of travelers are expected on roadways nationwide during the holiday season.

“It can go from nothing to absolute chaos in a matter of moments when that weather moves in,” Burda says.

MnDOT also says it has plans to shift to its storm schedule, which is two 12 hour shifts, to keep roads salted and sanded if need be.

MnDOT spokesman Kevin Gutknecht says despite the holiday weekend, they will have drivers on call in the case more are needed on roadways statewide.

Read more: http://www.kare11.com/weather/tow-truck-crews-prepare-for-icy-roads/377726542

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Tow truck driver sacrifices truck to stop wrong way driver before things turn ugly

A tow truck driver in Tennessee took his life in his own hands this week when he used his tow truck to stop a wrong way driver.

According to WVLT, Jennifer Myers was traveling along a stretch of Highway 321 in Blount County near Maryville, TN, when she spotted a dark colored SUV traveling the wrong way in the other lanes. She had no service to call 911, so she propped her iPhone on her steering wheel and started recording a video.

"In case something happened and somebody needed it as proof for anything," she told WVLT. "I basically put the phone up on the steering wheel and kept behind them in case they cut back across in traffic to get back on the right side of the road and just watched what unfolded."

As she recorded from the right lane, a heavy flatbed from Foothills Wrecker Service passed her in the left lane with his emergency lights on.

"From what I witnessed, it looked like he was trying to get her attention to stop," said Myers. "It went from that moment of excitement of 'oh good, they're going to be able to get her to stop' to 'oh no she's not stopping."

After a few moments of trying to get the SUV driver's attention, the tow truck driver tried one last crazy thing to stop the wrong way driver before she caused an accident. He crossed the median and came to a stop on 321, blocking the SUV's path. The SUV slammed into the flatbed and the day was saved. The SUV driver was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital, where it was discovered that she was having a diabetic issue and had no idea where she was or what was happening.

Read more: http://www.autoblog.com/2016/12/14/tow-truck-driver-sacrifices-truck-stop-wrong-way-driver/

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Wexford County Tow Truck Drivers Help Travelers Over Holiday Weekend

Tow truck drivers stay busy around the clock when things get slippery out on the roads.

Some local counties saw accidents in the double-digits in one night.

“We pretty much covered everything this weekend,” says Jeremy Akin, owner of W&W Auto Parts in Roscommon.

Black ice and freezing rain don't stop for Christmas.

Drivers found themselves in slick conditions and tow trucks answer the call.

“From just typical slide-offs into the ditch, we had some rollovers,” Akin says. “We've had a lot more accidents this year compared to years' past."

Akin says they saw around 10 accidents in a short time.

One accident brought them close to the action on I-75...

“We were on the side of the road, winching a car out of the ditch and a motorist was traveling and overreacted and ended up spinning out, going into the ditch,” Akin says.

Other counties saw their share of accidents, too.

Some remnants linger from last night's conditions in Wexford County.

“I dealt with some winch-outs, where people had slid off the road, into the ditch,” says Bob Dull, tow truck driver for Peterson’s Towing in Cadillac. “I had one out on US-131 that went down into the big ditch south of the rest area."

Tow truck drivers like Bob Dull say the factors causing these accidents were mostly the same...

“Most of the time that we go to a call involving a car in the ditch, it's speed that has put them there,” Dull says. “People not paying attention, texting, talking on their phone."

“Keep the cruise control off because it's going to cause you to spin out,” Akin says.

...And when you see the yellow lights, move over.

“We’re out there trying to do a job and make it safe for everybody else,” Dull says. “Scooch over a little bit."

Both companies say keeping your tires and windshield wipers in good shape is also key to safely traveling on slick roads.

Read more: http://www.9and10news.com/story/34132575/roscommon-wexford-county-tow-truck-drivers-help-travelers-over-holiday-weekend

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Odd Stolen Tow Truck Chase From San Leandro Over Bay Bridge to Brisbane

NBC Bay Area A stolen tow truck gave chase to the CHP over the Bay Bridge. Dec. 20 2016 An odd pursuit between stolen tow truck "wrecker" and the California Highway Patrol took a bizarre route early Tuesday morning from San Leandro across the Bay Bridge down the Peninsula ending with a foot chase and a suspect in custody. Moses Miller 24 of San Leandro was taken into custody and was unavailable for immediate comment. As for a motive? San Leandro police said his car was impounded by another police agency on Monday and taken to San Leandro Tow. San Leandro first began chasing a suspect now identified as Miller who had busted through a fence with a stolen tow truck from at 3:21 a.m. according to the CHP Golden Gate Division. But the driver wouldn't stop the CHP said and officers from Oakland and San Francisco along with helicopters began to follow him. Odd Stolen Tow Truck Chase From San Leandro Over Bay Bridge to BrisbaneAn odd pursuit between a tow truck with a stolen vehicle warrant and the California Highway Patrol took the drivers from San Leandro across the Bay Bridge down the Peninsula on Tuesday morning ending with a foot chase and a suspect in custody. Bob Redell reports. (Published Tuesday Dec. 20 2016) Miller allegedly drove from the East Bay to San Francisco over the Bay Bridge which was caught on video where officers started following at Treasure Island. As the tow truck was traveling on the South Van Ness onramp to southbound US Highway 101 the suspect stopped the truck and reversed it into a CHP car causing moderate damage the agency said. At that point the driver hopped onto southbound US Highway 101 and headed down to Brisbane at Serra Point Parkway at 50 mph the CHP said. He hopped out at a center median the CHP said and then ran across the highway into a nearby business parking lot. The CHP arrested Milller at that point. San Leandro police said that Miller had snuck into the tow yard after hours and took a tow truck that had its keys in the ignition and crash through the fence. Police say he then wanted to leave in his own vehicle. But employees heard the crash San Leandro police said and scared him before he could get his own car back prompting him to take off in the tow truck. Source: Odd Stolen Tow Truck Chase From San Leandro Over Bay Bridge to Brisbane | NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Odd-Stolen-Tow-Truck-Chase-From-San-Leandro-Over-Bay-Bridge-to-Brisbane-407588635.html#ixzz4UWlyqLrF Odd Stolen Tow Truck Chase From San Leandro Over Bay Bridge to Brisbane was first seen on Apex Towing - Belfast Blog via Website Feeds http://cardiff.apextowing.co.uk/odd-stolen-tow-truck-chase-san-leandro-bay-bridge-brisbane/

Bizarre Tow Truck Chase That Ended in Peninsula Has Suspect Facing Several Felony Charges

REDWOOD CITY CA A man who allegedly stole a tow truck from San Leandro and led authorities on a chase across the Bay before being arrested early Tuesday morning pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court to all charges Thursday prosecutors said. Moses Miller 24 of San Leandro is scheduled to appear in court again in Redwood City on Jan. 6 for a preliminary hearing. Miller is accused of assaulting a police officer with a deadly weapon recklessly evading a police officer and auto theft among other offenses. His escapade began just after midnight on Tuesday when he allegedly crashed his truck and it was taken to a San Leandro tow yard San Mateo County prosecutors said. Three hours later Miller turned up at the tow yard and when he was confronted at 3:21 a.m. he allegedly got into a tow truck and drove through a fence prosecutors said. San Leandro police spotted him and started to chase him. About 10 minutes later California Highway Patrol officers took over the chase CHP officials said. Miller allegedly led officers through city streets onto Interstate Highway 580 then onto Interstate Highway 80 and the Bay Bridge. More than once Miller allegedly crashed into or tried to crash into an occupied CHP vehicle prosecutors said. All of the officers escaped injury. Miller allegedly left Highway 80 and drove onto San Francisco city streets before getting onto southbound U.S. Highway 101. The pursuit ended in Brisbane CHP officials said. Miller allegedly got out of the truck and ran but officers were able to apprehend him after a brief foot chase. Prosecutors said Miller appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Tests to confirm that were not immediately available according to the district attorney's office. Miller remains in custody on $500000 bail. An attorney representing Miller through the San Mateo County Private Defender Program could not be reached for comment. Read more:http://patch.com/california/redwoodcity-woodside/bizarre-tow-truck-chase-ended-peninsula-has-suspect-facing-several The blog post Bizarre Tow Truck Chase That Ended in Peninsula Has Suspect Facing Several Felony Charges See more on: http://edinburgh.apextowing.co.uk/ via Website Feeds http://edinburgh.apextowing.co.uk/bizarre-tow-truck-chase-ended-peninsula-suspect-facing-several-felony-charges/

Driver crashes into tow truck flies up ramp hits trucks front cab

YOUNGSTOWN Ohio (WKBN) An overnight accident on Route 680 north sent one driver to the hospital. Witnesses say a driver lost control of their vehicle and hit the ramp of a tow truck. The truck operator was hooking up another vehicle at the time. The out of control car went up the ramp of the tow truck and crashed into the front cab. The driver of the car was sent to the hospital. The tow truck operator was not injured. Read more:http://wkbn.com/2016/12/24/driver-crashes-into-tow-truck-flies-up-ramp-hits-trucks-front-cab/ The previous post Driver crashes into tow truck flies up ramp hits trucks front cab Read more on: http://aberdeen.apextowing.co.uk/ via Website Feeds http://aberdeen.apextowing.co.uk/driver-crashes-tow-truck-flies-ramp-hits-trucks-front-cab/

Tow truck driver rescues stranded woman with mobility scooter

Cathy Purdy needs her mobility scooter to get around.

But on Friday morning she ran into trouble when the front wheel on her scooter went flat, leaving her stranded behind Fairview Park Mall.

“It wouldn’t budge,” says Purdy. “I tried to put it in neutral and push it but I couldn’t push it.”

Cathy Purdy says she was left stranded after the tire on her mobility scooter went flat. (Dec. 27, 2016)

She called the scooter company but they said they wouldn’t be able to come for a week.

“I said that’s not going to work. I’m stuck at the mall, I can’t get home and it’s cold.”

Purdy sat outside for an hour and half, hoping that someone would stop. She says she was cold, and starting to panic about how she, and her mobility scooter, would get home.

That’s when Keith Lee and his tow truck drove by.

He saw her waving and stopped.

“She was in tears when I came to help her. She said: ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe that you are actually helping me. You are like an angel out of the sky.’”

“He said ‘don’t worry’, and gave me his arm,” says Purdy. “He said first thing we will do is get you in the truck and warmed up.”

After Purdy was safely in the truck Lee went to work getting the scooter on his flatbed.

Then they drove the three blocks to her apartment.

“I asked him what I owed him,” says Purdy. “He said: 'Nothing, Merry Christmas.'”

Lee then handed her his business card.

“I said if she ever needs my help ever again, just give me a call.”

Purdy says Lee’s good deed shouldn’t go unnoticed and that’s why she contacted CTV with her story.

Lee says he was happy to help.

“I like doing good deeds for people. I don’t mind helping people at any cost.”

Read more: http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/tow-truck-driver-rescues-stranded-woman-with-mobility-scooter-1.3218887

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Specialized towing: Flatbed and tilt-and-load tow trucks

Becker Bros. Towing is a family owned company that has proudly served the Kitchener community and beyond for the past 29 years. As each year has passed, the company’s fleet has grown and so has its list of services.

One of the services that Becker Bros. offers is specialized towing, including flatbed tow trucks with ramp systems. The company also provides enclosed car trailers; if you require one, make sure to call 24 hours ahead of time.

Flatbed towing with the ramp or the enclosed trailer is usually used to transport race cars, show cars, lowered cars, restored cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles.

Becker Bros. Towing also provides roll-off towing as well as tilt-and-load towing. These trucks are able to load from dock level and ground level. Their roll-off decks lay flat to the ground so that machinery can drive onto them and be secured properly.

Their tilt-and-load trucks have decks that can slide backwards and then tilt to the ground. They are equipped with a winch and can pull machinery onto the bed of the truck.

Those who commonly use these services normally load forklifts, lift trucks, reach trucks, order pickers, zoom booms, scissor lifts, small backhoes, small bulldozers and other small construction equipment.

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Tow Truck Crane Accidentally Squashes Car In Moscow

Regardless of where or how badly you've parked your car, seeing it damaged by the very people who are supposed to be towing it away, would ruin anybody's day.

This incident took place in Moscow on Nikitsky Blvd, where, judging by Google Maps, there isn't a lot of space to park on the road, so leaving your ride anywhere around there would clearly inconvenience other drivers.

Still, like we said before, the punishment should always fit the crime and the fact that this tow truck ends up breaking the windshield and crushing the roof of that Mondeo is anything but fair, even if it wasn't intentional.

There is more than one way to tow somebody's car (different types of tow trucks), and having to lift it up onto the platform is probably one of the most dangerous methods if you don't happen to know what you're doing of if there's some type of malfunction with the equipment.

In the end, according to reports from Russia, the owner of the car was compensated for the damages, though at this point, we're curious to know if he still had to pay any sort of fine or if the car was eventually towed away despite the damage.

Read more: http://www.carscoops.com/2016/12/oops-tow-truck-crane-accidentally.html

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Get-home-safely service available to Midlands-area New Year’s Eve revelers

New Years revelers in Lexington who party too hard Saturday can rely on a new service to take themselves – and their cars – home safely.

The rides come from 11 towing companies through an arrangement organized by town police.

It’s a plan that developed as police looked for more ways to keep inebriated drivers off the road, according to Cpl. Cameron Mortenson. Tow truck operators are filling a void since there are no taxis regularly stationed in the community of 25,000 residents, he said.

The service, with its $100 flat fee, also ends concern about the inconvenience of temporarily abandoning a vehicle, he said.

The cost of a DUI arrest and conviction averages about $10,000 per person, Mortenson said. “Above that, there could be the loss of a life. You certainly can’t put a price on that,” he said.

In Columbia, free or reduced-fare taxi rides are available around many holidays and major events.

No one keeps track of usage in Lexington, but the service is beneficial, Mortenson said.

“We’ve had a lot of our bar owners and patrons say it’s a service they use, it’s a service they’re able to promote to their customers,” he said of the program that began in May. “They want to get their customers home safe. We want them to get home safe.”

Bars and restaurants have contacts available for tow truck pick-ups. Employees or servers may call a provider if a patron is clearly intoxicated, Mortenson said.

As with taxi or ride-sharing service, the patron has to pay. A maximum of two persons can ride in the tow truck hauling a vehicle up to 15 miles.

Getting involved in the program was an easy decision, according to Ashley Jones, office manager for Pro Tow in Columbia.

“It’s gonna help save people’s lives,” she said. “People are getting behind the wheels of cars and driving drunk. They’re killing others, they’re killing themselves.”

It’s the second step recently by Lexington police to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries related to drunken driving.

Since 2014, anyone can receive free non-alcoholic drinks by displaying a blue bracelet while serving as a designated driver for a friend at several bars and restaurant in town.

Both arrangements give “those who have been drinking every choice and opportunity to make the smart decision and not get behind the wheel while intoxicated,” Police Chief Terrence Green said.

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