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Tri-State Towing Companies Working Overtime During Winter Storm

One tow truck driver said road conditions have been so bad, that in just two days, his company got called out to nearly 60 accidents across the region.

Posted: Feb 11, 2021 8:28 PM

Terry Hailman has worked in the towing business for more than 35 years.

Its a job he knows like the back of his hand.

But every winter, business really picks up.

Hailman said with the road conditions, it gets frustrating.

"It gets hard to get around,” he said. “People get impatient, they try and get in a hurry."

Hailman works at Tri-State Towing. From Evansville to Henderson, they assist with everything from car slide offs to heavy duty semi accidents.

"You could probably have it done within an hour, you know driving there, hooking it up, getting back to your location,” Hailman said of regular slide offs and break-downs.

Semis are a different story.

"When you get into a semi, you can be there for hours,” he said.

And with the recent ice storm in our Western Kentucky communities, crews have been working overtime.

"They worked about 18 semis off the road over there, [Thursday morning] they've been working 8 in one location."

Hailman said road conditions have been so bad, that in just two days they were called out to nearly 60 accidents across the region.

"Just allow enough adequate time to get to your destination without being in a hurry because snow is one thing but ice is a totally different picture,” he said.

Slick and icy roads can be extremely dangerous and sometimes even deadly.

"You go out on one and you get there and the [semi] cab is ripped off the frame,” Hailman said, recalling some of the worst calls he’s been on. “And there’s multiple casualties along with it."

Driving in wintry conditions is only dangerous for accident victims. According to AAA, a tow truck driver is killed every 6 days.

"It's all because the people won't move over," Hailman said.

Tow trucks are are actually considered emergency vehicles so the “Move Over” law also extends to them.

So when crews are out responding to a call, especially in these icy conditions, Hailman has just one request.

"All I ask is if you see flashing lights and a tow truck, try to move over to the side of the road or slow down,” Hailman said.

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