Tow truck drivers look for calls to go up as temperatures go down

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. Winter has not yet officially begun, but tow truck drivers are staying busy responding to calls about car troubles because of the cold temperatures.

Mechanics tell KSPR that not everyone has jumper cables in their car for a dead battery, but they recommend it.

They also say it’s not a bad idea to have a water bottle, and even a general safety kit that has a flashlight and even a blanket in case you get stranded on the side of the road.

Jason Harden is a tow truck driver with Terry’s Auto Service and Towing in Springfield.

He said the company responds to several calls for dead batteries every day, and that only increases in the winter time. He’s had dozens of experiences with stranded drivers on the highway.

We caught up with Harden out on one of these types of calls on Sunday. The driver couldn’t start his car in a parking lot.

Harden said the weather plays a big factor in battery problems. “It’s easier to start a car in the summertime when it’s warmer and in the winter time there’s a lot more demand for the power of the battery to start a vehicle.”

Harden added it’s a good idea to take your car in for service to get it winterized. Have the battery and coolant levels checked before the temperatures start to fall even more.

Police say to keep your eye on road conditions as the weather starts to change, make sure your car is equipped in case you get stranded on a rural road, and to always wear your seat belt.

Read more: http://www.kspr.com/content/news/Tow-trucker-drivers-look-for-calls-to-go-up-as-temperatures-go-down-404645735.html

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Tow truck hoists Masons’ safe for transit

 

A few days after the members of the Fort Winnebago No. 33 Free and Accepted Masons invited the public to take the fixtures from their soon-to-be-razed temple at 111 W. Conant St., the Masons called on Blystone’s Towing on Tuesday morning to move an item that the Masons want to keep in their new temple at 205 DeWitt St.

For the two-block move, the safe dangled on two hooks, with strapping to keep it from swaying, and a pair of rubber mud flaps to keep it from denting or scraping the back of the tow truck.

Longtime Mason James Swan Sr. said the safe, which has a combination lock, was empty for the move, as far as he knows. He said he doesn’t know how old the safe is, but it was used — and will be used again — to store vital lodge records.

The Masons sold their temple, built in 1936, to Columbia County, which plans to raze the building, and two other neighboring structures, to add parking lots for the Columbia County Courthouse, 400 DeWitt St.

When the building comes down, Swan said, the Masons want to keep as many as possible of the concrete Masonic symbols on the building’s façade. And they want the cornerstone, on the buildings southeast corner. Something of a historical nature is expected to be inside the cornerstone, Swan said, but nobody knows what.

First, however, the Masons had to clear as many fixtures from the building as possible, which is why, on Saturday, the building was opened to the public, for the last time. Swan said somebody got at least some of the light fixtures affixed to the high ceiling of the meeting room.

Getting the safe out was a challenging task, even though it’s on wheels.

Jerry Blystone and his crew used heavy-duty strapping, criss-crossing the bottom of the safe, to create something to which the hooks could be attached.

Instead of taking it down the short flight of exterior stairs, the crew hoisted the safe into the air before preparing it for transit.

It arrived, safe and sound.

Read more: http://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/news/local/article_434ab028-4aa9-5416-af71-cfbb6628de3f.html

 

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Tow truck hoists Masons’ safe for transit

 

A few days after the members of the Fort Winnebago No. 33 Free and Accepted Masons invited the public to take the fixtures from their soon-to-be-razed temple at 111 W. Conant St., the Masons called on Blystone’s Towing on Tuesday morning to move an item that the Masons want to keep in their new temple at 205 DeWitt St.

For the two-block move, the safe dangled on two hooks, with strapping to keep it from swaying, and a pair of rubber mud flaps to keep it from denting or scraping the back of the tow truck.

Longtime Mason James Swan Sr. said the safe, which has a combination lock, was empty for the move, as far as he knows. He said he doesn’t know how old the safe is, but it was used — and will be used again — to store vital lodge records.

The Masons sold their temple, built in 1936, to Columbia County, which plans to raze the building, and two other neighboring structures, to add parking lots for the Columbia County Courthouse, 400 DeWitt St.

When the building comes down, Swan said, the Masons want to keep as many as possible of the concrete Masonic symbols on the building’s façade. And they want the cornerstone, on the buildings southeast corner. Something of a historical nature is expected to be inside the cornerstone, Swan said, but nobody knows what.

First, however, the Masons had to clear as many fixtures from the building as possible, which is why, on Saturday, the building was opened to the public, for the last time. Swan said somebody got at least some of the light fixtures affixed to the high ceiling of the meeting room.

Getting the safe out was a challenging task, even though it’s on wheels.

Jerry Blystone and his crew used heavy-duty strapping, criss-crossing the bottom of the safe, to create something to which the hooks could be attached.

Instead of taking it down the short flight of exterior stairs, the crew hoisted the safe into the air before preparing it for transit.

It arrived, safe and sound.

Read more: http://www.wiscnews.com/portagedailyregister/news/local/article_434ab028-4aa9-5416-af71-cfbb6628de3f.html

 

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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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A man in Cork is selling his BMW with a brilliantly honest DoneDeal ad

GREG IN CORK is selling his BMW Z4 on DoneDeal. And it’s a fine looking car:

manincorkSource: DoneDeal

But instead of some flowery description about all of the car’s wonderful attributes, he just introduces us to Sabine:

My car, (her name is Sabine, say hello) has a service history which is longer than the findings of the Chilcot inquiry, and is currently wearing new Pirelli Cinturato P7s’.

And he gets straight to the point about why he’s selling it:

I bought her two years ago at the beginning of my quarter-life crisis, but as I approach my 30′s and the status-anxiety has disappeared, I’ve decided that the time has come to say goodbye.

You can feel the tears on the keyboard as he waves goodbye (and embraces his 30s)

manincork2Source: DoneDeal

Greg’s giving a good deal before the summer hits:

Whilst Sabine is mechanically perfect, she’s currently undergoing a period of minor electrical strife, so the roof isn’t retracting under power and the airbag light has illuminated. With that in mind I’ve priced her accordingly, allowing you to grab a bargain before the summer and the annual 40% convertible price increase.

And has all sorts of ideas for a swap:

(Open to ‘swapping’ offers for another 08+ ultimate driving machine (BMW), something else from Germany which is rear-wheel drive, something to tow a horsebox, or at the most basic, something more James May as opposed James Bond.)

“More James May as opposed James Bond.”

Perfectly fitting for post quarter-life crisis driving ❤

Read more: http://www.dailyedge.ie/cork-bmw-donedeal-3226130-Feb2017/

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Tow truck brought in to save car teetering on cliff accidentally pushes it over the edge

A tow truck sent to rescue a car teetering on the edge of a cliff accidentally pushed the vehicle off after the driver lost control.

The video of the incident, which has been shared online, shows the driver of the rescue vehicle reversing down a steep incline towards a black car.

It clearly shows the car balancing on the edge of the cliff, as the truck inches slowly towards it.

But moments later, it becomes clear that the rescue mission is not going to plan.

The truck loses control and tips the car over the cliff edge

As the truck continues to reverse down the hill, the driver loses control, causing the vehicle to veer off course.

Despite turning the steering wheel in several directions, the truck driver is unable to stop the vehicle as it careers towards the precariously balanced car.

The car falls straight off the ledge and into the sea

Inevitably, the truck hits the stranded vehicle moments later, causing it to plunge over the edge of the cliff.

It then crashes onto a ledge below before falling straight into the water and disappearing from site.

It is not clear where the footage was filmed but the clip has already been viewed several thousand times in just 16 hours on LiveLeak.com.

Read more: http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/weird-news/tow-truck-brought-save-car-9632873

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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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