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Winter storm keeping towing companies busy

The calls kept tow truck drivers busy for almost 48 hours straight on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"We started Tuesday morning about 5:30 with four 18 wheelers on 231 that were stuck," said James Brown, the owner of Southeast Towing.
"We started Tuesday morning about 5:30 with four 18 wheelers on 231 that were stuck," said James Brown, the owner of Southeast Towing.
Now that the ice is clearing up, they're still working on getting all of the cars towed and the roads cleared.
Now that the ice is clearing up, they're still working on getting all of the cars towed and the roads cleared.


Towing companies in the Wiregrass say they've received a high volume of calls due to the winter weather. Most of those calls coming out of Dale County.

"We started Tuesday morning about 5:30 with four 18 wheelers on 231 that were stuck," said James Brown, the owner of Southeast Towing.

Brown has been in the towing business for almost thirty years but this week's winter storm brought some of the worst driving conditions he's ever seen and with that, comes the need for tow trucks.

"Our biggest thing was the call volume," said Brown.

Call after call from drivers and law enforcement and the stories were often the same: accidents caused by the ice or cars sliding off the road.

"You can't run your normal 60 miles per hour or 55 mph or 70 when there's a sheet of ice that you can't even walk on....we would get multiple vehicles on the same call," said Brown.

The calls kept his drivers busy for almost 48 hours straight on Tuesday and Wednesday but the work began even before the storm reached.

"We started Monday preparing. Fueling up all the trucks, cranking the generators, getting extra gas, extra diesel fuel, everything to make sure we were prepared for it," said Brown.

It's no secret that bad driving conditions mean more business for towing companies but Brown says with the roads this bad they were more concerned with helping people than making money.

"We picked up a few and took them home if their car was stuck behind the road and we couldn't do anything with them or we were on the way to another call or they were walking in the ice and we just picked them up and took them home and took them to a safe location," said Brown.

Now that the ice is clearing up, they're still working on getting all of the cars towed and the roads cleared.

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