Snow Provides Increase In Business for Towing Industry


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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Snow and slick roads covered much of the Valley as they shut down schools and even some businesses; however, it is precisely in weather like this that one business booms.

Sunday night was busy for Robert Drumheller and tow trucks across the Valley thanks to the snow that stuck to streets and caused headaches for drivers.

"I probably ran 16 or 18 myself," said Drumheller.

Drumheller's Towing and Recovery said they received about 130 calls for help since the snow started.

They said that is pretty typical for snowy days and the impound lot shows it.

"We wish no harm on anyone or their property, but it's what keeps us in business. So it's a good day for us, as long as everything goes right," said Drumheller.

But it's also a long day for tow truck drivers, as Drumheller's crew spent the night with their trucks in Harrisonburg, Augusta County and Charlottesville waiting for calls.

"We try to keep the trucks ready to go, especially in the wintertime," said Drumheller.

Now that the snow is over and Drumheller is caught up on calls he said he is ready for, "Spring or sleep, whichever comes first. Might sleep till spring," said Drumheller.

Drumheller said most of the calls they responded to were for car accidents and skids, not just breakdowns.

He said in most of them, the drivers were just going too fast for the road conditions.


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