Crashes Mean Business for Tow Truck Drivers

By: Deon Guillory Email
By: Deon Guillory Email

One group not getting a break from work with this wintry weather is tow truck drivers. Accidents mean business.

Cold soft snow means cold hard cash for tow truck drivers. They are a group ready to pull you out, when you take a wrong turn.

"It's been crazy. I believe this makes number 17 for us today." said David Phelps. He's a tow truck driver at Kee's Towing in Bridgewater. The big number due to the snow.

Phelps has been a tow truck driver for three years. This JMU grad says its the challenge of not knowing what's next that keeps him going, but he says there is also a dark side.

"You always see fatalities and that kind of deal. towing sometimes isn't so pretty." said Phelps.

After a short ride.

"Is this it right here?" said Phelps.

He gets to call number 17.

The driver lost control and ended up stuck in a ditch. David gets to work.

"I'mma go start hooking it up while we wait on the wrecker." said David

He hooks his chains onto the car, getting down into the snow and even the water in the ditch.

David says, "It is definitely a dirty job, cold and wet too." "Get them out the same way they went in." says David as he reveals his strategy to get the car out.

The wrecker arrives, and now it's time to pull the car out of the ditch.
Once that happens, the car is then put on the flatbed truck and taken to the Kee's Towing lot.

David says, "That went pretty well."

Once the car is put in the lot, David waits for call number 18.

"You gotta be real careful out here, that's for sure." said David.

David says he believes the calls will pick up once the melted snow freezes again.


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