Tow Truck Drivers Business Increases - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Tow Truck Drivers Business Increases

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HATTIESBURG, MS -- Icy, slick road conditions may have slowed drivers and forced businesses to close, but one industry was working overtime as the arctic blast hit the Pine Belt.

Taylor Towing Owner Scott Taylor said business was steady all day Tuesday.

"Tuesday night got really bad," Taylor said.  "We were all going all night long."

Icy conditions made it dangerous for the tow truck drivers.  They had to slow down to navigate the slick highways to get to stranded drivers, so it took longer than usual to get each car. Once drivers made it on scene, the loading process was more difficult than it would be under normal weather conditions.

"Sometimes it would take two hours to get one car loaded and ready to go," Taylor said.  "Usually it takes us 15 minutes."

Taylor said business really picked up when highway patrol started calling them to pick up abandoned cars from Interstate 59.

"Those are really hard to get because they don't have any key," Taylor said.  "They'll be locked up and we're having to tow them up on our truck and because of the ice it was really slick and a lot of times it would try to pull our truck to the car."

Brent Barfield from the Mississippi Highway Patrol said troopers began calling trucks to remove abandoned cars from the roads around 1:30 Wednesday and had most of them out of the way before the roads refroze Wednesday night.

Barfield said car owners who left their vehicles on a highway outside the city limits should call MHP dispatch at 601-582-3529 to find out where their car is located.  Municipal departments are responsible for those inside the city limits. 

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