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Cold Spell Has Tow Truck Drivers Working Overtime

NORTH COLUMBUS (James Jackson) -- Brutally cold temperatures have tow truck drivers working overtime. The cold snap isn't just dangerous for us. It's been hard on crews, who help get our cars out of a jam.

On a cold day like today, getting into Herman Dague's tow truck is a luxury. Herman Dague owns A/T Towing and Recovery. "Just keep getting in and out. Getting warmed up or whatever. Putting on another coat," Dague said.

Dague will need plenty of layers to handle the chill. Calls for service at A/T Towing jumped from 25 to 50 during this cold spell. "These last two days have been probably the busiest so far this year," Dague said.

It's a common problem, he says, that's keeping him busy. "One of the biggest things with the cold weather is vehicles batteries not strong enough to start them in these cold conditions," Dague said.

Just minutes after getting into his truck, Dague got a call from Gordian Igewilo, in North Columbus. Igewilo says he tried to warm up his car this evening, but his battery died. "You feel awful. Because I was supposed to meet somebody," Igewilo said.

Moments later, Igewilo is back in business, thanks to Dague's help. "You never know when someone is actually stranded on the side of the road with no heat or anything going. So we try to get them as soon as possible," Dague said.

Two to three extra employees at A/T, working around the clock, minimizing an uncomfortable wait in the cold.

Dague says he too knows all too well what it's like to be stranded in the cold. His tow truck had engine problems yesterday.He had to wait for another truck to come and get him.
 
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