Man tries to escape tow truck and fails spectacularly

In a misguided attempt to evade being towed a man tried to drive his car off the back of a parked tow truck.

There’s precious little information on this video, but it seems that somewhere in Ireland (probably County Roscommon going by RN code on the number plate) a motorist had his car hoisted on to a flatbed tow truck for some infraction. Not wanting his car towed, because who would, the driver leaped into action and tried to drive his captured car off the back of the truck’s deck. It, uh, it didn’t go as planned.

Gunning the engine, our intrepid motorist dropped the small silver sedan into reverse and just went for it. Unfortunately, physics (and the fact that the car was still hung up in the hoist slings) intervened and all he managed to do was get the car into a very precarious half-on/half-off position on the deck. He spent a few minutes futilely attempting to get the car unstuck by spinning his tires and swearing, then gave up and dismounted.

Then, in yet another inspired move, the incensed driver tried to start a fight with the tow truck drivers who had been standing by watching the farce with a growing crowd of onlookers. There isn’t much resolution to the video, little in the way of closure, but it’s probably safe to assume that our plucky hero is on the hook not just for towing fees but also for some substantial repair bills.

Driving off the back of tow trucks is apparently a thing in Ireland and the UK. Back in 2014 a guy in East London tried the same trick and drove his Vauxhall off the back of a tow truck. He was more successful though, and apparently drove away.

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Chaos at LAX as China Southern Airlines plane slams into tow truck on the tarmac

  • Collision involving China Southern flight 328 took place on a taxi lane at about 11.55pm Thursday at LAX
  • The truck driver reportedly suffered minor injuries
  • There were no reported injuries among the 447 passengers and flight crew
  • China Southern flight and two American Airlines flights were cancelled
  • Cause of the collision remains under investigation

A tow truck collided with the China Southern Airlines plane it was pulling at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday night.

The collision took place at about 11.55pm, airport spokesman Frederick Badlissi said in a statement to DailyMail.com.

He said that ‘an aircraft tug towing China Southern flight 328 for departure to Guangzhou hit the Airbus A380 aircraft.

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A tow truck collided with a China Southern Airlines plane that it was pulling at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday night 

A tow truck collided with a China Southern Airlines plane that it was pulling at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday night

The collision happened on a taxi lane between Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) and Terminal Four around midnight

The collision happened on a taxi lane between Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) and Terminal Four around midnight

‘The tug driver sought medical attention through his company provider. No injuries were reported among the 447 passengers and flight crew aboard the aircraft.’

The truck driver had minor injuries, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Badlissi said that ‘The incident occurred on a taxi lane located between the Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) and Terminal 4.

‘Passengers deplaned by using portable stairs and were returned to TBIT, and were accommodated via rescheduling, refunds or hotel rooms.

‘While awaiting accommodations and rescheduling, passengers were provided bottled water and snacks.’

The truck driver reportedly had minor injuries. There were no reported injuries among the 447 passengers and flight crew

The truck driver reportedly had minor injuries. There were no reported injuries among the 447 passengers and flight crew

Badlissi revealed that the plane was towed at 4.30am to a gate at Tom Bradley International Terminal.

He said that ‘three flights were cancelled: the China Southern flight, as well as two American Airlines flights at Terminal 4, impacting approximately 1060 passengers’.

‘American Airlines accommodated the passengers on their cancelled flight,’ Badlissi said. ‘China Southern flight’s regular departure is 10:20 p.m.’

Badlissi said the cause of the collision remains under investigation.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3929326/Tow-truck-pulling-China-Southern-Airlines-plane-LAX-CRASHES-aircraft.html#ixzz4R3Ov88Ot
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Improve your luck with the tow truck

So you were involved in a car crash and your car needs to be towed away.

You have rights, so don’t just sign any documents.

According to a statement by the Automobile Association (AA), over the last few months there have been several alarming stories of motorists who have had bad experiences with towing services and tow truck drivers.

 Be aware of your rights when your car needs to be towed away by a towing company.

In some instances, the drivers’ cars were towed away without their permission and in other unfortunate cases, the tow truck drivers allegedly acted in an unprofessional manner which resulted in the motorists having to pay excessive fees for their cars to be towed.

While these stories might leave some motorists feeling apprehensive, especially when looking at quotations towing services offer, it’s important for drivers to remember that not all tow truck drivers are unscrupulous. There are accredited service providers who adhere to strict rules and ethics.

Tow truck drivers offer a valuable service and if you are in an accident or break down on the side of the road, they are there to help you. However, it is important for motorists to know their rights so they are not pressured into signing an agreement which they are not comfortable with.

Before embarking on any journey, it is always important to be prepared. One of the first questions to ask yourself is: “Will there be towing services near me?”

Next, it is important to know your rights when it comes to dealing with tow truck drivers.

Helpful tips. Always carefully check any documentation before signing.

. It is your right to choose a tow truck driver who is a member of the South African Towing and Recovery Association (Satra) or United Towing Association of South Africa (Utasa).

. If you are insured, contact your insurance provider for advice or any other information you may require.

. If your insurance includes cover for towing, call the emergency assistance number.

. Make sure your car is taken to a repair workshop which your insurance has approved.

. Make sure you get all the relevant details from the tow truck driver (his name, the name, contact number and physical address of the company he works for, as well as the tow truck’s registration number).

. Establish exactly how much it will cost to tow your car before agreeing to anything.

. Remove all valuables from your car before it is towed away.

Read more: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Local/Peoples-Post/improve-your-luck-with-the-tow-truck-20161121

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CAA wants tow trucks protected by right-of-way laws

The CAA says providing roadside assistance can be very dangerous for tow truck drivers, especially in the winter. (CAA)

The CAA says providing roadside assistance can be very dangerous for tow truck drivers, especially in the winter.

Canadian Automobile Association wants the three Maritime provinces to include tow trucks in emergency vehicle right-of-way laws.

‘We get a lot of close calls’

Including tow trucks in the legislation means that drivers of other vehicles could be fined for not slowing down, not passing with caution or not pulling over when a tow truck is providing assistance on the side of a road, explained CAA Atlantic spokesman Gary Howard.

“We get a lot of close calls on a daily basis and that becomes even more relevant in the winter when there’s less space on the side of the road,” he said.

“Working on the side of the road can be very dangerous for any emergency responder. Half of the calls that we’re doing are on the side of the road, so we feel it’s important for all tow truck drivers to have this included in the legislation.”

P.E.I.’s Department of Transportation said it is looking into the request.

Newfoundland already offers this protection to tow truck drivers, Howard said. He added that Ontario has recently included tow truck drivers into its legislation.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-caa-tow-trucks-1.3862102

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Been Towed in Hillsborough?

Hillsborough’s Public Transportation Commission can help consumers seek full or partial refunds if they have been wrongfully towed.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – You went shopping only to find your car had been towed while you were away.

What should you do?

If you think you’ve been wrongfully towed in Hillsborough County, the Public Transportation Commission says it can help. The PTC regulates for-hire transportation, which includes towing companies, and often assists drivers in Hillsborough County by investigating tow complaints.

The PTC asks that citizens who feel they were wrongfully towed call the PTC or file a complaint online as soon as possible. The PTC will investigate the situation to ensure that the tow truck driver followed the proper policies and rules and that it was a valid tow.

In fact, in some instances, the PTC has been able to get full or partial refunds for drivers. So far this year, the PTC has helped more than 70 percent of citizens who sought their help with getting a refund.

To avoid getting towed, the PTC offers this advice:

• Don’t park in a business’ lot if you are not patronizing that business.
• If you parked in a staffed lot, remember to grab the receipt.
• If you parked in a lot with an honor box, make sure you videotape or take a photo of yourself paying, so you have proof.
• Don’t block anyone’s driveway or business entrance when parking.

While these tips are helpful in trying to avoid a potential tow situation, the PTC also offers tips to help you if your car has been towed.

If your car has been towed:

• If you suspect that the tow was not lawful, call the PTC to report it before you get your car back.
• Take pictures of the area around your car. Take notice of any signs indicating that your car was illegally parked. If signs were not posted at every entrance, it was not a valid tow. All signs should list the tow company with a contact phone number.
• Tow truck drivers are required to have proof of the violation. If the driver did not take pictures of your violation, you may be entitled to a partial or full refund.
• Be sure to pick up your vehicle between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Otherwise, you will be charged a gate fee of $50 before obtaining your car.

The Hillsborough County Public Transportation is an independent Special District that regulates vehicles for-hire, which includes taxicabs, limousines, vans, basic life support ambulances and wrecker services that support government agencies. The PTC also helps consumers who have complaints with these types of services.

Read more: http://www.tbreporter.com/local-news/hillsborough/towed-hillsborough/

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Thanksgiving travel means plenty business for tow trucks

GRAND ISLAND, Neb.– Thanksgiving traffic can be a busy not only on the highways and interstates, but also for tow trucks.

“You never know what’s going to happen. I mean sometimes it’s a little bit slower, steady or swamped,” said Debra Ortega, tow truck driver at Island Towing.

When the calls start coming, it’s because a car broke down, popped a tire or ran out of gas.

“They go by their gas gauge when it says they have so many miles left, they don’t. They need to get gas before the lights come on,” said Ortega.

As for Thanksgiving travelers, once the worst case scenario happens, they never forget.

“When I was little, my mom had a really old car and it broke down. We ended up having to drive back to my grandparents, get it repaired and then drive home,” said Kristin Sandstede.

GRAND ISLAND, Neb.– Thanksgiving traffic can be a busy not only on the highways and interstates, but also for tow trucks.

“You never know what’s going to happen. I mean sometimes it’s a little bit slower, steady or swamped,” said Debra Ortega, tow truck driver at Island Towing.

When the calls start coming, it’s because a car broke down, popped a tire or ran out of gas.

“They go by their gas gauge when it says they have so many miles left, they don’t. They need to get gas before the lights come on,” said Ortega.

As for Thanksgiving travelers, once the worst case scenario happens, they never forget.

“When I was little, my mom had a really old car and it broke down. We ended up having to drive back to my grandparents, get it repaired and then drive home,” said Kristin Sandstede.

Sandstede and her family are traveling from Omaha to Colorado for Thanksgiving. She said she makes sure her tires have enough tread, the oil is changed, and that her car is even washed before she hits the road.

“I don’t know. My parents always said a clean car is always more visible on the road,” said Sandstede.

If something bad does happen, Sandstede said she even knows who to call.

“I always have a list of contacts and a plan of who I would call, who’s closest, kind of knowing where you’re at and how far you are from your destination,” said Sandstede.

In case all else fails and there aren’t any mechanic shops open, tow truck driver Matthew Ortega said some drivers have even spent the extra money to have their car and them towed to where they need to be on thanksgiving.

“Most people don’t have a lot of vacation time and when they finally have vacation and they break down, they want to get where they want to go,” said Ortega.

With the winter weather beginning to set in, drivers should also have an emergency pack in their car at all times. Some items that are recommended are jumper cables, a flash light, as well as snacks and water.

Sandstede and her family are traveling from Omaha to Colorado for Thanksgiving. She said she makes sure her tires have enough tread, the oil is changed, and that her car is even washed before she hits the road.

“I don’t know. My parents always said a clean car is always more visible on the road,” said Sandstede.

If something bad does happen, Sandstede said she even knows who to call.

“I always have a list of contacts and a plan of who I would call, who’s closest, kind of knowing where you’re at and how far you are from your destination,” said Sandstede.

In case all else fails and there aren’t any mechanic shops open, tow truck driver Matthew Ortega said some drivers have even spent the extra money to have their car and them towed to where they need to be on thanksgiving.

“Most people don’t have a lot of vacation time and when they finally have vacation and they break down, they want to get where they want to go,” said Ortega.

With the winter weather beginning to set in, drivers should also have an emergency pack in their car at all times. Some items that are recommended are jumper cables, a flash light, as well as snacks and water.

Find original: http://www.nbcneb.com/content/news/Thanksgiving-travel-means-plenty-business-for-tow-trucks-402811696.html

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In train vs. tow truck, the train wins

According to Capt. Mark Pierce of the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, Kansas, an initial four-car crash occurred nearby, which resulted in three people being transported to the hospital for minor injuries. As a tow truck was arriving to secure one of the vehicles in that crash, a passing train clipped the bed of the truck, sending a car flying. No injuries were reported from the second crash.

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Courtesy of Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office

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