Waterloo tow truck drivers swamped as Iowa drivers slide through ice storm
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WATERLOO (KWWL) -
Wreckers were out in full force on Sunday as Iowa dealt with one of its worst ice storms since 2007.
"The icy roads make it hazardous for us, too," said manager of Ray Mount Wrecker Service in Waterloo Connie Mount.
Mount said she started answering phone calls for drivers stuck in ditches at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.
She said their flat beds were having difficulty getting to calls, and once a driver reached a call, he often had to call for back-up.
"The flat beds we have just don't go well on the roads, nothing goes well on the ice," said Mount.
Mount said in some instances, vehicles were stuck for hours.
"We had to call a competitor to help us in some cases, which we obviously don't like to do," said Mount.
Mount said drivers were busier Sunday than they were during December's blizzard.
"They're on call 24/7," said Mount.
Mount said crashes were happening just about everywhere because no vehicle, even one with four-wheel drive, is equipped to handle the amount of ice that was stuck on the roadways.
She said the roads were dangerous for everyone, including her drivers.
"Cars do not pull over when they're on the side of the road. It's just very dangerous," she said.
Mount said she recommends people pull over when they see a tow truck, just as they would other emergency vehicles. She said people shouldn't venture out in dangerous conditions unless they absolutely have to.
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