A380 China Southern botst op tow-truck Los Angeles

A380 from China Southern Airlines has been driven by the Los Angeles airport for a tow-truck. This report various media.

The incident occurred late Thursday evening (local time) instead. The superjumbo could carry out flights to Guangzhou in China. On board were 447 passengers and 28 crew members. They all could safely leave the plane. The flight was canceled after the crash. Photos on social media shows that the truck cab is appalled by the collision. To our knowledge there were no injuries.

China Southern has five A380s in the fleet. The aircraft fly daily to Los Angeles.

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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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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 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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Thieves Steal Hellcat From Dealership In 90 Seconds Using Tow Truck

Wait until you see how they got the Charger Hellcat to the tow truck.
This Dodge Charger Hellcat theft is incredible for a few reasons. According to CBS Detroit, the thieves broke into the showroom of Highland Park, Michigan’s, Snethkamp’s Ram City and stole the muscle car off the floor in about 90 seconds. WWJ News Radio 950’s Vickie Thomas shared the security camera footage on Twitter. The thieves push the car out the front door and then shove it down the street using a van (seriously) towards a waiting tow truck. More incredible than the tactics used is the fact that police still haven’t caught the crooks.
Thieves Steal Hellcat From Dealership In 90 Seconds Using Tow Truck
Thieves Steal Hellcat From Dealership In 90 Seconds Using Tow Truck
The theft happened at 1:00 A.M. and the dealership’s owner, Mark Snethkamp, said the cops arrived shortly after the thieves made their escape. “It looks like they had about a minute and 30 seconds to open the door and push the car out, and then we see another car pushing it away. We’ve got some really good video and I’m shocked that the Highland Park police didn’t catch them because they were here very shortly right after them,” Snethkamp told Thomas. Despite the theft happening so quickly it’s a little hard to believe that cops didn’t catch these guys in the act. There was a freaking tow truck hauling away a bright orange Charger Hellcat for crying out loud! What is more suspicious than that?!
We hate to commend criminals but credit where credit is due: These guys had a plan and executed it flawlessly. Other would-be car thieves who tried to drive stolen vehicles off of showroom floors have not been so lucky or well-prepared. Snethkamp’s Ram City must be pissed, and rightfully so. The good news is it could have been much worse, as in $250,000 worth of wheels and tires stolen overnight worse. When you put it like that losing one $75,000 Hellcat doesn’t seem so bad. Scene photos and screen caps via Vickie Thomas for WWJ.
Read more: http://www.carbuzz.com/news/2017/1/25/Thieves-Steal-Hellcat-From-Dealership-In-90-Seconds-Using-Tow-Truck-7737529/

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