Tow truck drivers slam to keep up with demand in winter weather

Tow truck drivers slam to keep up with demand in winter weather


by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on January 29, 2014 at 7:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 9:07 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tow truck drivers were swamped Wednesday clearing stuck cars from icy roads.

On average, those tows cost drivers $85 to $115 to get back on the road, or have their vehicles taken to repair shops.

NBC Charlotte caught up with tow truck driver Henry Adams working his eighth stuck car of the day for Hunter Auto & Wrecker Service. The combination of too much ice and not enough traction landed a car in a ditch on North Brevard Street, unable to drive out.

Adams expects he will make 20 to 25 tow runs by the end of his shift.  He’s already working on about two hours sleep from his last shift.

"That's how busy we started getting,” Adams said. "Ready to go home and warm up."

We found A-1 Discount Towing driver Mandrell Dunn working a wreck on Yorkmont Avenue near Tyvola Road.

"We're slammed,” he said.

Dunn has a couple of concerns.  One includes safely towing the car out of the median with ice all around him.

"You get the car winched up and then it starts sliding, so you have to be real careful,” he said.

The other is keeping himself and his truck from getting hit.

We learned at least one tow truck clearing a car got hit Wednesday by a different car that couldn't stop sliding on the ice.

"We have to watch oncoming cars behind you, trucks, them getting iced up and sliding, so you really have to have your head on a swivel out there,” Dunn said.

That's what we did.

Police stopped traffic so Dunn could finish without worry.

The motto of the day: Clear one car, move onto the next.

"Probably 30 to 40 cars today,” Dunn said.

One tow truck owner we talked to says he chose not to work today- because he didn't want to risk his rig getting hit.