Tow truck drivers to motorists: Move over

It was another dangerous few days for tow truck drivers on Twin Cities roadways this Memorial Day weekend.

Tow truck driver Troy Mechura captured video of drivers not moving over despite a Minnesota law that requires drivers to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles.

Tow truck drivers say it’s nothing new and only getting worse.

“I had a semi that literally took my hat right off and sent it down the freeway,” Mechura said.

Tow truck drivers say commuters are often distracted or worse yet, don’t know the law. The space the law seeks to provide can be the difference between life and death and Mechura hopes that, through advocacy, this growing problem can be fixed.

“My life is worth something, everybody’s life is worth something, you can not put a price tag on it,” Mechura said.

Read more:http://www.fox9.com/news/150622302-story

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Dramatic video footage shows Audi and tow truck both on fire on M62 near Saddleworth

Dramatic footage shows how an Audi and a tow truck became engulfed in flames after catching fire on the M62 near Saddleworth.

Smoke can be seen billowing across the westbound carriageway of the motorway, while both the white van and its load burn away.

Two lanes were shut at J22 near Rishworth Moor at around 2pm.

It appears the vehicle had pulled over onto the hard shoulder, with the driver even getting out his hazard sign before the fire took hold.

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Images taken by GMFRS station manager Jason Rain show the burnt out vehicle still smouldering.

The truck looked completely destroyed, as did the front end of the Audi it had been transporting.

The sliproad reopened at around 4pm, but lanes one and two were kept closed for around an hour after while the carriageway was treated by gritters and cleaned up.

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 J22 w/b entry slip now open however 2 lanes remain closed  W/B at J22 for carriageway clean up. Long delays back to J23

Highways bosses tweeted to say the motorway was fully reopen by 5pm.

They posted on Twitter: “All lanes open and lane closures removed #M62 W/B just after entry slip at J22. Long delays remain back to J23 but clearing steadily.”

Traffic cameras show congestion is currently backed up to Huddersfield.

Read more: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/watch-dramatic-video-footage-shows-12031137

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City tow truck team ready for its reality TV close-up

Collin Vandenheuvel and his workmates at Preferred Towing appear in the first episode of Heavy Rescue: 401, airing Oct. 10 on the Discovery Channel.
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Preferred Towing is often seen on the road, and will soon be seen on screen too.

The Sarnia company is a player in the Discovery Channel’s “Heavy Rescue: 401,” a reality TV show that tells the story of tow operators, rescues, and maintenance crews that keep 400 series highways moving.

The first “sneak peek” episode airs Monday, Oct. 10 at 10 p.m.

“For them to come to us and ask us to be a part of this, it’s a pretty amazing feeling,” said Collin Vandenheuvel, a tow operator and son of Preferred owners, Gary and Tammy Vandenheuvel.

“We feel honoured to do this and it was a fun experience.”

Vandenheuvel said Sarnia’s unpredictable weather, which can play havoc on roads, was one reason the company was chosen.

“With the lake effect, it really changes up here really quickly.”

In January, a crew began filming the Sarnia team seven days a week for nearly three months. Vandenheuvel said having the cameras looking over his shoulder was “nerve wracking” at first, but the results were worth it.

“We’ve got our parts, and from what we’ve been seeing so far it’s been amazing. They did a great job putting it all together.“

Vandenheuvel said the company’s crewmembers appear in five of the eight episodes, including the opener Monday on Discovery Channel. The rest of the season is scheduled to run on unspecified dates early in the new year.

Vandenheuvel, his dad and four other employees apparently appear in the show. The scenario is not unlike that of the popular Discovery Channel series Highway Thru Hell, in which Jamie Davis and his son Jason work together in the business.

Starting with a single one-ton 24 years ago, Preferred Towing today has a fleet of 14 trucks.

The largest is powerful enough to clear car wrecks, pull ailing tractor-trailers off the road, and has been used to haul vessels built in Sarnia’s world-class fabricating shops.

Vandenheuvel said the tow companies and maintenance crews on the show are from all over Southern Ontario, and he’d gotten to know some of them through towing operations on 400-series highways.

“We know these guys, they’re really good guys. And they’re going to look just as good as we do on TV,” he said with a laugh.

Read more: http://thesarniajournal.ca/city-tow-truck-team-ready-for-its-reality-tv-close-up/

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Tow truck loses tanker that crashes into buildings

 By Dalondo Moultrie

The Herald-Zeitung

No one was hurt Tuesday morning when a disabled 18-wheeler tanker truck slipped off the tow truck pulling it and rolled into two industrial buildings in New Braunfels, a city police spokesman said.

Police don’t expect to file any charges in the accident, said David Ferguson, New Braunfels Police Department communications coordinator.

“The 18-wheeler was unoccupied, and both buildings were unoccupied at the time of the crash, and no injuries were reported,” he said. “However, both buildings suffered heavy damage from the collision.”

He said the crash happened about 5:45 a.m. Tuesday in the 4200 block of Farm-to-Market Road 482, where police and New Braunfels Fire Department personnel were called for reports of a major accident.

Crews arrived and found a large tow truck had been driving south on FM 482 near Solms Road when the truck it was hauling detached from the wrecker, Ferguson said. He said the tanker began rolling free through a grassy area and then it crashed into two “metal, industrial-style buildings.”

He said the runaway tanker truck remained upright and spilled none of its lime powder load.

Authorities closed traffic on FM 482 from the southbound Interstate 35 frontage road to Solms Road. They kept it closed about three hours while investigation and debris clearing commenced.

“The investigation revealed that the wrecker hit a bump in the road, which caused the tanker it was hauling to bounce up,” Ferguson said. “That bounce caused the safety straps to break and dislodged the tanker from the hook that was securing it to the tow truck, allowing the 18-wheeler to roll off the wrecker.”

Fred Heimer said he and his family have owned buildings in the industrial park since the older ones were built in the 1980s. He said the buildings damaged Tuesday were built in 2014 and currently house a beverage company and a martial arts studio.

“The worst part of it is it hit where the electricity goes in. Both buildings are without power,” Heimer said. “It’s going to be a challenge the next couple of months to get it put back together.”

Allen Salmons said he is manager at Ellis Sales Company, a manufacturer of oil drilling parts. The company already was facing challenges Tuesday afternoon, he said.

“We have no electricity, no water, no internet, no nothing right now,” Salmons said.

He predicted it would be a week before things got back to business as usual.

The front of the truck smashed into the buildings, went about cab-deep and left the trailer sticking out of the structures, NBFD Battalion Chief Donny Obuch said. He said emergency crews initially thought a hazardous liquid was leaking from the bottom of the truck, but later learned a water main was broken and water was the liquid they saw under the vehicle.

“The second hazard is it had hit directly on the electrical meter boxes for the entire complex,” Obuch said. “In order for us to pull out the vehicle, we had to get NBU there and wait for NBU to secure the electrical lines prior to us surveying the damage to see if we could remove this vehicle.”

Once the electrical issue was no longer a problem, the tow truck operator pulled the semi-truck from the buildings, he said. Firefighters found no leaking hazardous materials and no injured people, Obuch said.

Things could have been a lot worse.

“For the amount of damage that was done and the potential hazard that existed, it turned out to be a very good call for us,” he said.

Read more: http://herald-zeitung.com/community_alert/article_59f4293e-63e0-11e6-8437-0b56ad40e740.html

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The tow truck was invented in Chattanooga 100 years ago, and yes, there will be a celebration

The tow truck was invented in Chattanooga, The International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum is here and Ooltewah is home to Miller Industries, the world’s largest manufacturer of towing and recovery equipment.

So, yeah, there will be a celebration in Chattanooga on Saturday, Sept. 10, to mark the tow truck’s 100th birthday.

Miller Industries will sponsor the festivities, which include a parade of tow trucks rolling through downtown that will stop around 7 p.m. Saturday at Ross’s Landing near the Tennessee River riverfront. The public is invited to Ross’s Landing for live music, free refreshments, food truck fare, games for kids — and a fireworks display once it gets dark.

Lots of people are expected for the once-in-a-century event.

“Since I’ve come to work here, I have been amazed at how many people are actually into tow trucks. It is mind-boggling,” said Kathy Brown, who worked at a bank downtown before she was hired in mid-August as co-assistant director at the International Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum. “I did not realize tow trucks had such a following.”

The museum’s events will include a ceremony at 10 a.m. on Sept. 10 that’s open to the public, to add names to the museum’s Wall of the Fallen, a memorial to tow truck operators who’ve lost their lives on the job. The museum also has a survivor’s fund that helps drivers’ families, Brown said.

TV shows about the towing and recovery industry are popular, including “Highway Thru Hell,” a reality TV show set in Canada, “Wrecked,” set in Chicago, and “Ice Road Truckers.” Jamie Davis, a real-life tow truck operator who’s the star of “Highway Thru Hell,” will take part in Saturday’s parade.

The 100th birthday celebration coincides with the Tennessee Tow Show, which runs from Thursday to Saturday at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

“There’ll probably be over 2,000 people this year, because it’s the 100th anniversary,” said Jimmy Collins, president of the Tennessee Tow Truck Association and owner of Casper’s Bodyshop and Wrecker in Greeneville, Tenn. “For the industry [the anniversary’s] a big milestone. For the city of Chattanooga, it’s a big milestone.”

Ernest Holmes in 1916 built the first tow truck in Chattanooga by attaching a rigging system to a 1913 Cadillac, marking the birth of the towing and recovery industry, according to Miller Industries. Holmes filed for a patent — the first of about a dozen — for his idea in 1917 and subsequently built the Ernest Holmes Co. here to make and market his tow truck.

The Holmes brand lives on as part of Miller Industries’ family of tow truck equipment manufacturers that also includes the brands Century, Chevron, Vulcan, Boniface and Jige.

“Miller Industries’ roots run deep in Chattanooga, and we are honored to share the centennial celebration of our Holmes brand with our friends and neighbors in the local communities,” Miller Industries’ President and Co-CEO Will Miller said in a statement.

Read more: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/business/aroundregion/story/2016/sep/03/chattanoogparade-fireworks-make-tow-trucks-10/384831/

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Tow truck and boat go under water at Cherry Creek Reservoir

A tow truck and the boat it was towing is out of the water after getting submerged at Cherry Creek Reservoir Sunday afternoon.

South Metro Fire Rescue crews and a dive team responded to the west boat ramp at the reservoir to pull the truck and boat out.

Crews say the truck was stuck in ground material.

Divers used an airbag to try to lift the truck up so it could be pulled out.

The first attempt to pull the truck out did not work.

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Crews used a second airbag under the truck and were able to float the truck above the water just enough to pull it out with tow cables.

No one was injured and no rescues had to be made.There is no word yet on what caused the truck to go under water.

Read more: http://www.9news.com/news/local/tow-truck-and-boat-go-under-water-at-cherry-creek-reservoir/303871575

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Gone in 60 seconds!

Many drivers have been tempted to ignore the warning signs about parking restrictions at airport drop-off zones in order to wave their loved ones off.

But a new video has highlighted just how quickly that decision could leave you stranded and out of pocket.

Amazing footage shows a tow truck at what is thought to be a Turkish airport scooping up a car and taking it away in under a minute.

A YouTube video shows a car at departures in a Turkish airport being towed in under a minute

A YouTube video shows a car at departures in a Turkish airport being towed in under a minute

The white vehicle was removed by the tow truck for being unmanned

The white vehicle was removed by the tow truck for being unmanned.

Tow truck scoops up cars left at airport drop off point

The video, which has been viewed more than half a million times on YouTube, shows a pick-up truck that reportedly polices the departures zone every five minutes.

As the car is parked without a driver, the truck immediately confiscates the vehicle.

The speed of the manoeuvre is lightning quick. The tow truck parks up next to the car, lowers two metal arms and lifts the car onto its rear – and begins to move off with just under 60 seconds on the clock.

Turkish airport security is especially vigilant at the moment because of a series of terror attacks in the country.

In June, three suicide bombers hit Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, which killed 41 people and left 239 people injured.

The speed of the manoeuvre is lightning quick - with the car being removed from the spot in under a minute 

The speed of the manoeuvre is lightning quick – with the car being removed from the spot in under a minute

Turkish airport security is especially vigilant at the moment because of a series of terror attacks in the country 

Turkish airport security is especially vigilant at the moment because of a series of terror attacks in the country

The extremists sprayed bullets into crowds of terrified passengers and security personnel before blowing themselves up.

Footage showed an explosion at the door to the arrivals hall by a suicide bomber before another two attackers sneaked into the building and detonated their devices.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-3733119/Gone-60-seconds-Incredible-footage-shows-hi-tech-airport-tow-truck-scooping-car-taking-away-blink-eye.html#ixzz4Rz1RXxlH
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