Towing Businesses Stay Busy After Winter Storm

Posted at 9:22 PM, Jan 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-25 22:29:38-05

As the snow and ice from the massive snow storm that hit the mid-state melted away, the after effects remained.

Slick roads caused thousands of wrecks. Many drivers were hurt and their cars didn't fair much better.

"It never ceases to amaze me the things people will do," said Robert Dunn with with A.B. Collier Wrecker service.

We first talked with Dunn last week just before the big snow storm hit. Yes, there was plenty of early warning for drivers, but Dunn knew his lot would still fill up with wrecks.

"You are not as good as you think you are and you are surrounding by idiots," said Dunn referring to drivers who braved the storm.

From Friday through Sunday Metro police responded to 176 wrecks, 33 with injuries. Some cars just slid to oblivion.

"This one went through the fence the tree line and down to the railroad tracks," said Dunn referring to one crushed vehicle.

This driver likely suffered a serious head injury. "It had an airbag. But the drivver probably was not belted in.That's a windshield wig," said Dunn pointing out the fractured windshield.  He said it's likely the the driver lurched over the airbag -- his head slamming into the windshield.

Dunn said this recent snowstorm was one of the worst he can recall and his towing lot reflects it. Dozens of vehicles from an Escalade to a Miata now await a visit from the insurance adjuster.

And while the snowstorm may be over, the tow truck drivers are going to be busy for days to come towing vehicles just left stranded on the shoulders of roads here in the mid-state.

If you ended up on the side of the road in the storm you may only have a day or two to get your car. After that -- most cities will have it towed, and you'll pay for it: Between one and two hundred dollars on average.