Extra business comes with risk for tow trucks

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The day after the storm didn’t bring a break for tow truck drivers, who spent more than 12 hours pulling drivers out of ditches and snow banks.

After the snow stopped and the roads generally were cleared, the calls for help didn’t stop. Thursday morning, tow truck companies began getting calls from people who had stayed home during the blizzard, and now their vehicle was stuck in their snow-covered driveway.

This week’s blizzard brought so many calls to tow truck companies that the typical wait time of 20 minutes went to two hours or more. And at least one company decided the risk of getting its trucks stuck wasn’t worth it and turned down the extra business for the day.

Local tow truck drivers said the southside and Johnson County were hit hard, especially in areas farther south.

Hix Wrecker Service had its busiest day when the storm hit Wednesday with more than 100 calls — more than three times its normal day — including about 18 calls from Franklin. Most calls were from drivers who had slid off the road in Prince’s Lakes or along State Road 135 in southern Johnson County and vehicles that tried and failed to get to truck stops on Whiteland Road off Interstate 65, according to wrecker driver Don Lafollette and Hix vice president Gail Neal.

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