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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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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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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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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Sinking feeling for bus after hole opens up in ground outside railway station

Passengers had a lucky escape after a bus they had been traveling on started to sink in to the ground outside a railway station.

All of those onboard had disembarked at Redhill , when the sinkhole started to open up under the Southdown PSV vehicle on Monday afternoon (May 29).

The tarmac collapse occurred in the bus and taxi area of the station at around 5.30pm.

A vehicle recovery firm were called by Southdown to get the bus out of the hole.

Steve Walllis, managing director of Southdown, said: “I can confirm that a double deck vehicle operated by Southdown was unable to move after a small sink hole developed whilst waiting at Redhill Station on Rail replacement duties.

“No passengers were on board at the time”

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No passengers were on board at the time (Photo: Clark Motor Engineering Ltd)

Darren Clark, owner of Clark Motor Engineering, which attended the incident, said: “We got called from Southdown PSV saying a hole has developed and the bus is rapidly sinking.

“It was a big hole – very deep as well, about five or six foot deep.”

The vehicle recovery team managed to remove the vehicle from the hole.

The bus was rescued by a vehicle recovery firm (Photo: Clark Motor Engineering Ltd)

Mr Clark: “We’ve got these specialist high pressure air cushions that we put underneath the vehicle and lift it. Then we just pulled it out with the tow truck.”

“There were a few scratches caused on the side [of the bus], but all was good.

“The bus was in the hole and people were still trying to get on it,” he laughed

Mr Clark said it is not often he and his team have to “rescue” buses.

“We’ve done a few [buses] before but it’s very rare,” he explained.

National Rail have been contacted for a comment.

Read more: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/sinking-feeling-bus-after-hole-13114907

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Watch a tow truck driver screw up massively on his first day on the job

Your first day at your new job can be the worst. You don’t know the office politics. You can’t remember how to get to the restrooms. You don’t know the company’s policy on stealing other people’s lunch from the office fridge. But you’re probably not going to do too much damage to your career, because everybody who knows that you’re a newbie probably will cut you a break if you make a mistake.

Unless you’re a tow truck driver, that is. Because if it’s your first day on the job towing cars, there’s plenty of damage you can do if you screw up. In fact, you can make things much, much worse.

Now, we don’t know for sure if the video below was actually the driver’s first day on the job. That’s just what this video is titled and what we’d like to believe to make the first two paragraphs of this story make sense. But you’d like to think a veteran tow truck driver would have made sure this didn’t happen.

Full props to everybody seen in the video who acted like the truck making an escape like Andy Dufresne from Shawshank was completely normal. If that’s the case, maybe it’s not the tow truck driver’s first day. Maybe he just works for the same company who managed this.

Find original: https://www.dailydot.com/unclick/tow-truck-driver-fail/

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Sinking feeling for bus after hole opens up in ground outside railway station

Passengers had a lucky escape after a bus they had been traveling on started to sink in to the ground outside a railway station.

All of those onboard had disembarked at Redhill , when the sinkhole started to open up under the Southdown PSV vehicle on Monday afternoon (May 29).

The tarmac collapse occurred in the bus and taxi area of the station at around 5.30pm.

A vehicle recovery firm were called by Southdown to get the bus out of the hole.

Steve Walllis, managing director of Southdown, said: “I can confirm that a double deck vehicle operated by Southdown was unable to move after a small sink hole developed whilst waiting at Redhill Station on Rail replacement duties.

“No passengers were on board at the time”

  • A3 northbound congestion from Ripley Services to Esher Common following closure
  • A3 northbound crash
  • Woking traffic chaos
  • M25 Leatherhead crash
  • Woodbridge Road incident
No passengers were on board at the time (Photo: Clark Motor Engineering Ltd)

Darren Clark, owner of Clark Motor Engineering, which attended the incident, said: “We got called from Southdown PSV saying a hole has developed and the bus is rapidly sinking.

“It was a big hole – very deep as well, about five or six foot deep.”

The vehicle recovery team managed to remove the vehicle from the hole.

The bus was rescued by a vehicle recovery firm (Photo: Clark Motor Engineering Ltd)

Mr Clark: “We’ve got these specialist high pressure air cushions that we put underneath the vehicle and lift it. Then we just pulled it out with the tow truck.”

“There were a few scratches caused on the side [of the bus], but all was good.

“The bus was in the hole and people were still trying to get on it,” he laughed

Mr Clark said it is not often he and his team have to “rescue” buses.

“We’ve done a few [buses] before but it’s very rare,” he explained.

National Rail have been contacted for a comment.

Read more: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/sinking-feeling-bus-after-hole-13114907

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