Tow truck crews prepare for icy weather

Lance Burda has been in the towing business for 20 years. He owns Burda’s Towing which has seven locations in the West Metro.

“There were three of us scheduled tomorrow that were planned, but I’m just sending the message out to the guys that if this freezing rain that they are talking, just trying to see who is available and who can come in,” Burda says.

According to AAA 2016 holiday travel numbers, a record number of travelers are expected on roadways nationwide during the holiday season.

“It can go from nothing to absolute chaos in a matter of moments when that weather moves in,” Burda says.

MnDOT also says it has plans to shift to its storm schedule, which is two 12 hour shifts, to keep roads salted and sanded if need be.

MnDOT spokesman Kevin Gutknecht says despite the holiday weekend, they will have drivers on call in the case more are needed on roadways statewide.

Read more: http://www.kare11.com/weather/tow-truck-crews-prepare-for-icy-roads/377726542

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Get-home-safely service available to Midlands-area New Year’s Eve revelers

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Specialized towing: Flatbed and tilt-and-load tow trucks

Becker Bros. Towing  is a family owned company that has proudly served the Kitchener community and beyond for the past 29 years. As each year has passed, the company’s fleet has grown and so has its list of services.

One of the services that Becker Bros. offers is specialized towing, including flatbed tow trucks with ramp systems. The company also provides enclosed car trailers; if you require one, make sure to call 24 hours ahead of time.

Flatbed towing with the ramp or the enclosed trailer is usually used to transport race cars, show cars, lowered cars, restored cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles.

Becker Bros. Towing also provides roll-off towing as well as tilt-and-load towing. These trucks are able to load from dock level and ground level. Their roll-off decks lay flat to the ground so that machinery can drive onto them and be secured properly.

Their tilt-and-load trucks have decks that can slide backwards and then tilt to the ground. They are equipped with a winch and can pull machinery onto the bed of the truck.

Those who commonly use these services normally load forklifts, lift trucks, reach trucks, order pickers, zoom booms, scissor lifts, small backhoes, small bulldozers and other small construction equipment.

Read more: http://www.therecord.com/shopping-story/6782517-specialized-towing-flatbed-and-tilt-and-load-tow-trucks/

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Odd Stolen Tow Truck Chase From San Leandro, Over Bay Bridge, to Brisbane

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A stolen tow truck gave chase to the CHP over the Bay Bridge. Dec. 20, 2016

An odd pursuit between stolen tow truck “wrecker” and the California Highway Patrol took a bizarre route early Tuesday morning, from San Leandro across the Bay Bridge down the Peninsula, ending with a foot chase and a suspect in custody.

Moses Miller, 24, of San Leandro was taken into custody, and was unavailable for immediate comment. As for a motive? San Leandro police said his car was impounded by another police agency on Monday and taken to San Leandro Tow.

San Leandro first began chasing a suspect, now identified as Miller, who had busted through a fence with a stolen tow truck from at 3:21 a.m., according to the CHP Golden Gate Division.

But the driver wouldn’t stop, the CHP said, and officers from Oakland and San Francisco, along with helicopters, began to follow him.

Odd Stolen Tow Truck Chase From San Leandro, Over Bay Bridge, to BrisbaneOdd Stolen Tow Truck Chase From San Leandro, Over Bay Bridge, to BrisbaneAn odd pursuit between a tow truck with a stolen vehicle warrant and the California Highway Patrol took the drivers from San Leandro across the Bay Bridge down the Peninsula on Tuesday morning, ending with a foot chase and a suspect in custody. Bob Redell reports. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016)

Miller allegedly drove from the East Bay to San Francisco over the Bay Bridge, which was caught on video, where officers started following at Treasure Island.

As the tow truck was traveling on the South Van Ness onramp to southbound US Highway 101, the suspect stopped the truck and reversed it into a CHP car, causing moderate damage, the agency said.

At that point, the driver hopped onto southbound US Highway 101 and headed down to Brisbane at Serra Point Parkway at 50 mph, the CHP said. He hopped out at a center median, the CHP said, and then ran across the highway into a nearby business parking lot.

The CHP arrested Milller at that point. San Leandro police said that Miller had snuck into the tow yard after hours and took a tow truck that had its keys in the ignition and crash through the fence. Police say he then wanted to leave in his own vehicle. But employees heard the crash, San Leandro police said, and scared him before he could get his own car back, prompting him to take off in the tow truck.

Source: Odd Stolen Tow Truck Chase From San Leandro, Over Bay Bridge, to Brisbane | NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Odd-Stolen-Tow-Truck-Chase-From-San-Leandro-Over-Bay-Bridge-to-Brisbane-407588635.html#ixzz4UWlyqLrF

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Tow truck driver rescues stranded woman with mobility scooter

Cathy Purdy needs her mobility scooter to get around.

But on Friday morning she ran into trouble when the front wheel on her scooter went flat, leaving her stranded behind Fairview Park Mall.

“It wouldn’t budge,” says Purdy. “I tried to put it in neutral and push it but I couldn’t push it.”

She called the scooter company but they said they wouldn’t be able to come for a week.

“I said that’s not going to work. I’m stuck at the mall, I can’t get home and it’s cold.”

Purdy sat outside for an hour and half, hoping that someone would stop. She says she was cold, and starting to panic about how she, and her mobility scooter, would get home.

That’s when Keith Lee and his tow truck drove by.

He saw her waving and stopped.

“She was in tears when I came to help her. She said: ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe that you are actually helping me. You are like an angel out of the sky.’”

“He said ‘don’t worry’, and gave me his arm,” says Purdy. “He said first thing we will do is get you in the truck and warmed up.”

After Purdy was safely in the truck Lee went to work getting the scooter on his flatbed.

Then they drove the three blocks to her apartment.

“I asked him what I owed him,” says Purdy. “He said: ‘Nothing, Merry Christmas.’”

Lee then handed her his business card.

“I said if she ever needs my help ever again, just give me a call.”

Purdy says Lee’s good deed shouldn’t go unnoticed and that’s why she contacted CTV with her story.

Lee says he was happy to help.

“I like doing good deeds for people. I don’t mind helping people at any cost.”

Read more: http://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/tow-truck-driver-rescues-stranded-woman-with-mobility-scooter-1.3218887

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Utah’s Tipsy Tow service offers free rides to prevent DUI on New Year’s Eve

AAA of Utah is offering a free ride home of up to 10 miles for drinking drivers and their vehicles on New Year’s Eve in an effort to prevent driving under the influence.

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The AAA Tipsy Tow program is open to anyone and a AAA membership is not required. The service will be available to drinking drivers from 6 p.m. New Years’ Eve until 6 a.m. January 1, according to a press release.

Drivers, potential passengers, bar tenders, party hosts and others can call 1-800-222-4357 and tell the operator, “I need a Tipsy Tow.”

The service will take the driver and their vehicle up to 10 miles to their home, and the one-way trip is free of charge. If there are extra passengers, they may be taken to the driver’s home as well, as long as there is room for them to ride safely in the tow truck. Reservations cannot be made.

“Everybody wants to have fun at a New Year’s party,” stated Rolayne Fairclough, spokesperson for AAA Utah. “But if you’ve been drinking, don’t get behind the wheel. Give AAA a call and we’ll make sure you get home safely.”

Data shows that drunk-driving crashes account for about 36 percent of highway deaths among people ages 16-24, according to AAA. The press release adds that as little as one drink can impair vision, steering, braking and reaction time.

Read more: http://fox13now.com/2016/12/31/aaa-utahs-tipsy-tow-service-offers-free-rides-to-drinking-drivers-on-new-years-eve/

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Odd Stolen Tow Truck Chase From San Leandro, Over Bay Bridge, to Brisbane

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A stolen tow truck gave chase to the CHP over the Bay Bridge. Dec. 20, 2016

An odd pursuit between stolen tow truck “wrecker” and the California Highway Patrol took a bizarre route early Tuesday morning, from San Leandro across the Bay Bridge down the Peninsula, ending with a foot chase and a suspect in custody.

Moses Miller, 24, of San Leandro was taken into custody, and was unavailable for immediate comment. As for a motive? San Leandro police said his car was impounded by another police agency on Monday and taken to San Leandro Tow.

San Leandro first began chasing a suspect, now identified as Miller, who had busted through a fence with a stolen tow truck from at 3:21 a.m., according to the CHP Golden Gate Division.

But the driver wouldn’t stop, the CHP said, and officers from Oakland and San Francisco, along with helicopters, began to follow him.

Odd Stolen Tow Truck Chase From San Leandro, Over Bay Bridge, to BrisbaneOdd Stolen Tow Truck Chase From San Leandro, Over Bay Bridge, to BrisbaneAn odd pursuit between a tow truck with a stolen vehicle warrant and the California Highway Patrol took the drivers from San Leandro across the Bay Bridge down the Peninsula on Tuesday morning, ending with a foot chase and a suspect in custody. Bob Redell reports. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016)

Miller allegedly drove from the East Bay to San Francisco over the Bay Bridge, which was caught on video, where officers started following at Treasure Island.

As the tow truck was traveling on the South Van Ness onramp to southbound US Highway 101, the suspect stopped the truck and reversed it into a CHP car, causing moderate damage, the agency said.

At that point, the driver hopped onto southbound US Highway 101 and headed down to Brisbane at Serra Point Parkway at 50 mph, the CHP said. He hopped out at a center median, the CHP said, and then ran across the highway into a nearby business parking lot.

The CHP arrested Milller at that point. San Leandro police said that Miller had snuck into the tow yard after hours and took a tow truck that had its keys in the ignition and crash through the fence. Police say he then wanted to leave in his own vehicle. But employees heard the crash, San Leandro police said, and scared him before he could get his own car back, prompting him to take off in the tow truck.

Source: Odd Stolen Tow Truck Chase From San Leandro, Over Bay Bridge, to Brisbane | NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Odd-Stolen-Tow-Truck-Chase-From-San-Leandro-Over-Bay-Bridge-to-Brisbane-407588635.html#ixzz4UWlyqLrF

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