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Crash and Cash

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    Across NewsChannel 9’s viewing area, hundreds of drivers lost control in last night’s ice storm. That led to expensive repairs and wrecker bills. But it also added up to an overnight bonanza for tow truck operators.

    A substantial spike of the crashes happened in north Georgia. NewsChannel 9 spoke with three tow truck operators who pulled in the unexpected business.

  Chip Stephenson summed it up in three words, “We’re staying busy.” Stephenson works for Universal Towing on Battlefield Parkway. This afternoon, he pulled an SUV out of the I-75 median, right in front of the Welcome Center. “This is my second one I picked up today and I’m going to pick up another one in Calhoun,” Stephenson said just before he drove south.

 

   Lindsay Teeter and her father Mark run a wrecker business in Ringgold. The father-daughter team worked overnight, pulling in five crashed cars at about $150 apiece. “This year we were able to stay on the road and we made some profit out of it,” Teter said.

  He points out ice storm towing slides into risky business. “Sometimes it can be really expensive too because sometimes we end up in the ditch. Last year, we slid off the road and were stuck for a couple of days.”

   The freezing rain coupled with a massive pile-up in Tunnel Hill shut down I-75, which is rare. Over in Dade County, cars spinning out of control littered I-59. Butch Bryson’s company, Bryson Towing, picked up 16 to 20 cars at about $150 a pop.

   “We take our chances by going out and getting them after they wreck in this ice,” Bryson said. His company specializes in large truck removal. A blue rig sits in his garage totaled. It jack-knifed on I-59 and Bryson brought in his big wrecker to pull it out of the woods. Bryson says he usually only gets calls like this three or four times a year. This job will make for quite a Christmas bonus. “With storage, you’re probably looking at about five thousand dollars.”

   Universal also operates a body shop, which has picked up more business. When a storm like this hits, drivers are thrown into a frenzy and someone has to profit. “We don’t want to think of it that way, we want everybody to be safe but yes it is good business for us.”

  Teter says last night drivers were so exasperated with the ice, they went no farther.He ended up towing their cars and driving them to hotels, which booked up quickly.

 

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