Snowy roads cause havoc for drivers, business for towing companies

When the inevitable car accident happens, tow trucks are always on call

Boardman Towing tow truck.


BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – As the Valley gets its first taste of winter weather this season, local tow truck companies are keeping busy.

For some, the cold means cuddling under a warm blanket. But workers at Boardman Towing are layering up for the boost in business.

“Today is no exception, it’s been crazy. Lots of calls, roadside emergencies, vehicles stuck in ditches, vehicles breaking down in the middle of the road, car crashes, things like that,” owner Chris Flynn said.

When the inevitable car accident happens, towing companies are always on call.

“As much as we hate to see [bad weather], it drives business for us and it’s really hard to keep up with the calls,” Flynn said.

For everyone else on the roads, tow truck drivers ask they be considerate when passing by an accident.

“Our guys would like to get home safely, too. I mean, they’re out there trying to help everybody else but at the end of the day, we don’t want to get struck,” Flynn said.

More often than not, these drivers are out for hours – well beyond their normal shifts.

“Our guys are out there cranking away. I have guys that are actually scheduled off today that are in their trucks, helping people out,” Flynn said. “I have guys that were supposed to go home at 5:00 and 6:00 that are still out towing cars, helping people. So we’re trying everything we can to get everybody home safe and in a timely manner.”

Flynn also wants to remind drivers to slow down and move over when they see flashing lights, whether from an emergency vehicle or a tow truck, and be cautious on the roads.

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