North Texas Tow Truck Driver Urges Caution as Roads Dry
DALLAS — Over the last week as many Texas businesses halted their operations, a group of workers that didn’t slow down are tow truck drivers. The recent extreme weather has had tow truck drivers across the state busy as the number of car accidents boom because of dangerous icy roads. “It’s been a week like no other,” said owner of Dallas Discount Towing Scott Gonzales.
During the dangerous driving conditions his fleet of eight drivers has had its workload more than triple normal daily business. As the ice and snow begin to melt Gonzales anticipates a busy week as people return to the roads. “You’re not in the clear just yet,” he warns. “Just because the road is pretty much dry, underneath an overpass or on a shady spot there could be spots of ice.”
Tow truck driver Othel Brown with Dallas Discount Towing prepares a vehicle to be towed. (Lupe Zapata/Spectrum News 1)
On Friday morning, as temperatures rebounded, most stretches of I-35 in Dallas were dry. However, rows of slush and ice lined the outside lanes of the interstate. After hydroplaning on a patch of slush a driver traveling northbound on I-35, near the entrance of the Dallas Zoo, flipped his or her SUV, causing a traffic jam until one of Gonzales’ drivers could clear the car.
Gonzales worries these kinds of accidents where someone is traveling the speed limit and slides on unmelted ice will keep his drivers busy for the week to come. He’s asking those traveling pass a tow truck to slow down and move over while they work to clear traffic accidents. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), every year about 23 roadside workers and first responders, like tow truck drivers – one every two weeks – lose their lives at the roadside and hundreds more are injured while tending to disabled vehicles.
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