Drivers Risk Dangers to Tow Stuck Cars - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Drivers Risk Dangers to Tow Stuck Cars

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Jessica Daley


With slick roads throughout much of the day Tuesday, tow truck companies are sure staying busy.

Mike Ayers and George Estes size up the situation. Roy's Towing and Recovery in West Des Moines got a call for a car in the ditch. That can be an easy tow or a hard one.

"That one there is one of the harder ones," said Estes, who's been doing this for 28 years.

Pulling out this gold sedan requires multiple maneuvers, fighting the cold and blocking traffic, but it's worth it for Estes and Ayers who do this because they like helping out.
"A lot of people out there don't understand, hey, we're risking our lives just to try and help get you out and make everything safe for y'all," Estes said.

In this case, they helped Tara Rhiner.
"Just that little road got me," she said. "I just started fishtailing a little bit and started sliding sideways down that steep hill. It was scary."

She got her car back in less than two hours, which is Roy's Towing's goal. But with 50 some calls and tow bans in certain areas, they ask for your patience. Ayers said everyone has been understanding and patient so far this storm.
"We like it. We look forward to it. It's busy and fast," said Ayers. "It's fun to help people. We get to meet a lot of people."
The Iowa State Patrol and towns can put tow bans in effect, and that was the case for much of Tuesday on the interstates.

If your car gets stuck when there is a tow ban, expect long delays to get your vehicle back.

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