Tow Truck Pulled From Bottom Of Smith Lake

Tow Truck Pulled From Bottom Of Smith Lake

Tow Truck Pulled From Bottom Of Smith Lake

A large, heavy, six wheel wrecker was pulled from the bottom of Smith Lake Monday morning. The location is just north and west of the Smith Lake Park boat launch approximately 114 yards off shore in the main channel.

The wrecker (which sported still visible American Towing & Recovery signage) was discovered by divers last week. The find was initiated when a boater on Smith Lake had his vessel make hull contact with the wrecker underneath the water line. The Alabama Marine Patrol and Alabama Power were contacted soon thereafter.

This led to TowBoatUS and Lyle Wrecker Service being called to evaluate the scene.

Tow Truck Pulled From Bottom Of Smith Lake

After a weekend of calculations and advanced planning, the wrecker was cabled up in the lake to a military style, old school wrecker supplied by Lyle. With a slow, careful reeling in of the cable, the wrecker emerged onto the banks of Smith Lake Park approximately 20 minutes later.

As you can see in this video and accompanying interviews with Captain Jackson Dozier(TowBoatUS), Adam Lyle (Lyle Wrecker Service) and Director Doug Davenport (Cullman County Parks & Recreation), the muddy, foul-smelling wrecker was loaded onto a flat-bed trailer and removed from the scene:

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We called the telephone number embossed on the wrecker. The number had been disconnected. We assume the towing establishment is no longer in business. A license plate (with a 2009 date) and the VIN number were recovered by divers. Davenport will be turning that information over to investigators with the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office in an attempt to identify the lawful owner of the vehicle.

The vehicle will ultimately be recycled as scrap.

We visually inspected the inside of the cab. No evidence of human skeletal remains appeared present.

Tow Truck Pulled From Bottom Of Smith Lake

The most pressing question at this marine recovery scene was simple: HOW did this vehicle end up at the bottom of Smith Lake? No one has a concrete answer although ample speculative theories abounded. Interestingly, the wrecker was discovered with fully inflated tires, all six of which were firmly planted on the bottom of the lake. The wrecker was right side up, almost like someone, or something had lowered it into the lake.

Smith Lake Park Director Tony Harris summed up the quandary best:

“I didn’t know anything about this situation when I arrive at the Park this morning. I suddenly find out they are dragging the lake and pulling out a big tow truck. I have no idea how that could have gotten there. Other than the big cave-in to the cab’s roof, the wrecker looks perfectly intact. We really don’t have a clue, much less a plausible theory of how it got here.”

For the moment, this mysterious situation is being dubbed ‘The Tow Truck Pulled From The Bottom Of Smith Lake’. This is occurrence is a first for Smith Lake Park.

Original article: http://cullmantoday.com/2016/11/29/tow-truck-pulled-from-bottom-of-smith-lake/

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Icy roads create treacherous travel

Black ice blanketed parts of the capital region Monday causing dangerous driving conditions and a number of accidents.

“Mostly slide offs, crashing into each other. Stuff like that. Due to the ice, said Tom Brennan, President of T & T Towing in Cohoes.

At least three accidents happened in Latham along or near Alternate route 7 and Route 9.

A seven-car crash also shut down the Crescent Bridge in Half moon.

Witnesses reported seeing cars sliding on the road in Amsterdam because they were unable to steer their vehicles properly due to the ice.

“They’re getting a little dicey around here,” said Saratoga resident Mike Ondreyko. “Right when I got off 787 I started to notice some slippery spots,” he said.

In Galway a tractor trailer veered off of Route 29.

The icy weather kept tow truck drivers at T & T Towing and elsewhere busy Brennan said is common in this type of weather.

“Ice is Ice,” Brennan said. “Four-wheel drive is great in the mud and the snow but when you have ice you get going. You got to stop,” he said.

“There’s always the impatient ones that want to,” said Neil Chippendale, who was driving through Clifton Park Monday night. “So they try to pass on the inside and they’re trying to cut in, which makes it even more dangerous,” he said.

“Brennan said he also warns drivers to slow down when they see tow truck drivers on the side of the road because they take a risk every time they respond to a call, especially with icy weather conditions.

According U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, tow truck drivers die in the line of duty as much as law enforcement officers responding to roadway incidents and more than fire or e-m-s workers.

Brennan, who is also the Empire State Towing and Recovery Association President, said while speed can play a part in many of the accidents seen in inclement weather, it isn’t always the cause.

“When it’s icy like this a lot of the accidents are slower moving accidents,” Brennan said. “They just have no control. They can’t steer they can’t stop,” he said.

He encourages drivers to stay home if they can.

“You need to wait it out,” he said. “Let the DOT workers get out there and get the rock salt and the sand,” Brennan said.

New York State Department of Transportation officials warn travelers to always be aware of black ice in the winter months that forms on roads, particularly in the early morning hours even when the sun is out.

It is more prevalent on bridges than highways.

So be extra cautions while traveling on bridges.

Read more: http://wnyt.com/news/icy-roads-capital-region-treacherous-travel/4354236/

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Recovery truck destroyed in overnight arson attack in Lisburn

Director of Marsden Recovery Specialists said business damaged by loss of specialist vehicle

The truck has been completely destroyed in the arson attack

A car recovery business has said an arson attack could hurt its trade for up to six months after one of their specialist vehicles was set alight in a ‘random attack’.

The recovery truck was parked outside a staff member’s house on the North Circular Road in Lisburn on Wednesday night.

Just after 2am on Thursday, he heard the window being smashed and within a few moments the vehicle was up in flames and has been completely destroyed.

Police believe the fire may have been started deliberately but director at the Lurgan-based firm, Kieran Marsden, said they are struggling to understand why they were targeted.

He said: “It seems to be a random act of vandalism, at least we hope so. It was frightening for him.”

The vehicle is worth over £100,000 and is one of only two of these specialist trucks with a crane owned by the company.

Marsden’s believe it will be up to six months before they get another one and are concerned about the effect it will have on their business.

“These trucks aren’t readily available so it’s going to hurt our business. We really need to have two on the road so it will cause problems. We’re a local business and we just help with breakdowns so we just don’t understand why.”

The truck was parked on a quiet residential street, with family houses and a retirement home just metres away.

Mr Marsden added: “There are a lot of overhanging trees around there and the fire could have spread quickly. There’s a retirement home just across the road and I’m sure it caused them a lot of distress as well in the early hours of the morning.

“We’d appeal for anyone who knows anything to come forward and speak to the police.”

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) received a call at 2:07am to a report of a lorry on fire at the North Circular Road area of Lisburn in the early hours of Thursday 9th June.

“Two Fire Appliances from Lisburn Fire Station were deployed to the scene following the report of the fire. Firefighters using a hosereel jet and a CAF jet dealt with the incident.

“Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service finished at the scene at 2:55am and the fire is being treated as deliberate.”

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/recovery-truck-destroyed-in-overnight-arson-attack-in-lisburn-34786086.html

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Elderly woman’s Mercedes engine destroyed by rats costing her over €500

An Irish woman has told how rats ATE the engine of her beloved Mercedes.

Dee Clifford, 60, from Kildare had to pay over €500 in repairs after rodents destroyed the insides of her car.

After owning plenty of cars in her lifetime Dee bought a 151 Mercedes in June of last year.

She told the Irish Mirror: “I’m 60 years of age so I thought why not just buy a Mercedes.”

However in October, four months after buying the car, Dee encountered a problem when diesel started leaking from the car.

The damage to the engine

She brought it to the garage where it was repaired and the engineers suggested what might be wrong.

She said: “One morning I turned on the engine and someone pointed out to me that the car was leaking diesel.

“I brought it to a garage in Carlow and they told me it looked like rodents had been eating the insides of the car.”

Dee had to pay €150 for that incident but then a week later there were more problems with it.

She added: “A week later I turned the car on and diesel started flooding from the engine, there was fumes of fuel everywhere. You could see the pipes were all eaten.

“I had to get a tow truck to come and bring it to a garage, even the guy who was towing it was afraid to go near it because their was diesel everywhere.”

Read more: http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/elderly-womans-mercedes-engine-destroyed-9658370

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Free Tows To Tipsy Drivers On Memorial Day: AAA

The service will run from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and is available to anyone.

Free Tows To Tipsy Drivers On Memorial Day: AAA

AAA is offering free “Tipsy Tow” services to celebrants this Monday for the Memorial Day holiday. The service will run from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 a.m. Tuesday and is available to anyone, not just AAA members.

“If your plans involve alcohol, plan ahead for a safe ride home,” AAA Northern California spokesman Mike Blasky said in a statement. “If those plans fall through, please don’t get behind the wheel. Call AAA and we’ll get you home safely.”

Drivers, passengers, party hosts, bartenders and restaurant managers can call (800) AAA-HELP (222-4357) and provide the driver’s name, home address, phone number and their pick-up location. AAA will send out a tow truck and give the driver, the driver’s vehicle and one passenger a free 10-mile tow and ride home. For distances beyond 10 miles, a standard towing rate will apply.

Read more: https://patch.com/california/dublin/free-tows-tipsy-drivers-memorial-day-aaa

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Tow Trucks, Cafecito, and LIV: You Need This Miami Beach Adult Coloring Book

We’ve all been there: You leave your car parked along a Miami Beach street where you swear no one has been ticketed, and suddenly, one hour turns into four, and you discover your car has been towed by some company based in Hialeah. You want to scream or punch a wall. Instead, you can relieve your frustrations by whipping out some colored pencils and filling in an outline of a car being towed in Jacober Creative’s Miami Beach coloring book, High Tides: Tales of Mermaids, Mayhem & Miami Beach.

The idea for a Miami Beach adult coloring book came from the creative minds over at Jacober Creative, a Miami Beach-based branding studio, exactly one year ago. When a team member proposed the idea to Jacober Creative’s founder and CEO, Paul Jacober, he immediately loved the idea, but only on one condition: it would have to be unique, unlike the hundreds of adult coloring books being sold on the market at the time. In order to achieve this specific look, Jacober brought on board Nicolette Connell, a long-time designer for Jacober Creative, to help illustrate the coloring book.

“We didn’t want to do it like how all these other ones are done,” Jacober explains. “We wanted there to be a narrative. So we created this character of a mermaid and her adventures through South Beach. A lot of these coloring books have a lot of abstract imagery throughout, so we wanted to deviate from that.”

Connell, who has been with the company for about seven years, has spearheaded projects for clients such as Jugofresh, and her illustrating talents are displayed in High Tides. Even her more obvious odes to Miami Beach, such as the Lido Bayside Grill at the Standard and a cup of Cuban cafecito, seem beautifully whimsical. Plus, with the added touch of a curvy mermaid protagonist, the essence of Miami Beach is wonderfully captured through the siren’s “daily life” from beginning to end.

“The mermaid’s experiences are the typical Miami Beach experiences,” Jacober says, “where you might go and have fun at these hotels, go experience the nightlife, and, yes, even get your car towed.”

Tow Trucks, Cafecito, and LIV: You Need This Miami Beach Adult Coloring Book

As residents can tell you, there’s nothing quite like living on the Beach. However, amid rush-hour traffic, rumbustious tourists getting wasted on Ocean Drive, and sea levels rising (which helped inspire the name High Tides), residents could use some well-deserved coloring time to unwind and destress. But this coloring book isn’t just for those who call Miami Beach home. It’s for anyone who has ever visited, and even for those who have never been before.

“We definitely thought it was something that tourists can appreciate,” Jacober says. “But there are a lot of nods that locals might get more quickly. We give shout-outs to iconic locations on the Beach, liket he Delano exterior, the Raleigh Hotel pool, and the Standard hotel, that kind of stuff.”

But for those who remember partying at velvet-roped nightclubs alongside Madonna and Gianni Versace, rather than lounging with Instagram models at more subdued bars, there’s something in this coloring book for you too.

“I’ve lived here since the early ’90s, so I sort of saw South Beach in its heyday,” Jacober explains. “This inspired some of the nods in the coloring book to South Beach legends, such as the Scull Sisters, who were staples at every event in the ’80s and ’90s, to Louis Canales, who was also essential in putting South Beach on the map.”

Although it was challenging to narrow down all of the characteristics that are quintessential to Miami Beach life, there were some illustrations that simply had to be included. “There were certain things that we knew had to be in there,” Jacober says. “Like, everyone who has either lived here or visited has had some experience with a tow truck driver. So I knew we had to get it in there.”

Read more: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/arts/miami-beach-adult-coloring-book-by-jacober-creative-features-tow-trucks-cafecito-and-liv-9353544

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‘In the right place at the right time:’ Tow truck driver helps secure SUV

SEATTLE – Conor Larson was running late Saturday, heading north on I-5 in his tow truck, when he came upon a frightening scene in downtown Seattle.

A trooper waved him down and told him an SUV was hanging off the edge of the interstate with the driver inside. They needed Larson’s help.

Larson, a driver for 24 Hour Towing and Recovery, quickly made his way to the scene.

He hooked onto the SUV and secured it as a trooper pulled the driver out of a rear window.

“I really feel like God put me there,” Larson said. “I’m just happy everyone got out alive and I was there to help out.”

Larson met a man shortly after. He believes it was the driver. He said the man shook Larson’s hand and thanked him.

State Patrol said the SUV could have fallen from the interstate had Larson not acted so quickly. They also credit the quick decision of that trooper who waved him down.

That SUV driver went home with no injuries.

Larson finished up his work and made the long drive home to Grandview, where he is based, just happy he was running late at the moment he was needed most.

“But I’m no hero,” he said. “I’m just a guy doing my job.”

Read more: http://komonews.com/news/local/in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time-tow-truck-driver-sercures-suv-dangling-off-i-5

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