Towing companies busy moving stranded cars after winter storm

by: Torie Wells Updated:


CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Some drivers who were eager to get back on the roads Friday, ran into major problems. Even though the sun was out and snow and ice were starting to melt, some found their cars were still stuck.

Eyewitness News met Devon Shepard as he was working to get his car out of the snow. He had parked it on the side of the road because he couldn't get in his parking lot during the storm. But Friday, he had to take his wife to work.

"Left it for about two nights here," said Shepard. "(I) finally got it out today."

Shepard wasn't the only one with a car that was stuck. Channel 9 passed dozens of cars that were abandoned over the past few days in neighborhoods and on the side of highways.

Tina Chriscoe is a tow truck driver. She said that at the height of the storm, the priority was getting people to a safe spot. Now trucks are going back for the cars.

"I hope I can get to them as fast as I can and get them off the road," she said.

But Chriscoe said it could take days to catch up with all the calls.

"You're in a long, long line of a lot of people," David Williams, from Eastway Wrecker, told a customer as he was helping him Friday.

Williams' business has been busy too, not just towing but also pulling people out of neighborhoods and driveways. Eyewitness News was there as he was helping Leroy Ellerbe out of his driveway.

"I slid back down off the driveway into the yard," said Ellerbe.

He knows he's not the only one.

The city has asked people to move their abandoned cars. If they're in the way of plows now, they could be towed. Those people will have to call 311 to find their car and then pay. Eastway Wrecker told Eyewitness News that it's private tow jobs and the ones it does for the city start at $85.