Tow Truck Drivers Trying to Keep Up With Accident Calls

The folks at Red Raider Wrecker say the phone started ringing at 3 am and they are staying busy with all the calls.

By: Meredith Hillgartner

Scott Bickel, owner of Red Raider Wrecker, is staying busy thanks to Mother Nature.

“We’ve had some rollovers and quite a few people in the ditch and still have people out there right now in the ditch,” Bickel said.

A cold front blew through the South Plains early Thursday evening bringing dangerous conditions by Friday morning.

Bickel said they have had more than 60 calls overnight and like many other towing companies they are just trying to keep up.

“It’s a lot, it’s a lot,” Bickel said. “I don’t think people were prepared for the black ice because you just can’t see it.”

Bickel said the calls started in the East, in Ralls and Crosbyton but have made their way all over the South Plains; but he said he thinks things might slow down tomorrow.

“People are trying to get to school and to work today, so tomorrow wont quite be so bad because people will want to stay home,” Bickel said. “So I don’t think it will be quite as bad tomorrow.”

Bickel said the best thing to do is stay inside but if you have to be on the roads make sure and drive very slow.

“If you do have to drive, drive slow because you’ll get out of control, you’ll slide off into the ditch and cars have rolled over because when they hit the ditch they’ve just tipped up

on their tops,” Bickel said.

Bickel wants to remind everyone if there is a tow truck on the side of the road with lights on then move all the way over.

It will keep the tow truck driver safe and it is the law.

 

If you need a tow truck call:

Red Raider Wrecker (806) 687-5076

Lubbock Wrecker Services (806) 748-1044

R.P.’s Heavy Duty Towing (806) 763-6056

West Texas Towing (806) 748-1536

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