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Winter storm means a big day for the towing business

Wednesday was a big day for towing companies like Eastway Wrecker, where operators stayed busy all day assisting vehicles that were in weather-related accidents or that stalled out because of the cold.

“It’s been steady all day long,” said Karen Williams, president of Eastway Wrecker, headquartered on Wilkinson Boulevard.

Their fleet of 15 smaller tow trucks ran all day long and fielded 50 calls by about 2 p.m., which Williams said was a high volume. Many calls involved towing vehicles that had gotten into wrecks during Tuesday night’s storm and were now headed to auto body shops.

“We’re delivering what we can, and helping people get pulled out.”

AAA Carolinas also received a lot of calls for towing help, spokesperson Angela Daley said.

“We saw a dramatic increase in winch-outs, where cars slid into ditches and needed to be pulled out. In some cases, the condition of the secondary roads limited our ability to tow. When that happens, we get the member to a safe spot and tow the car when it is safe to do so,” Daley said by email.

Williams said conditions – and motorists driving too fast – made things dicey for the tow truck operators.

“One thing about it: If people would just slow down,” Williams said. “Today we were working a wreck, and a car slid into a car that we were hooking up. They need to look out for emergency personnel. They really do.”

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