Tow truck driver: There might be ice on the road so ‘slow down’

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by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 23, 2014 at 11:36 PM

HOUSTON -- Thursday was a busy day for tow truck drivers like Tiffany Castor, who worked a 12-hour shift and saw one car after another in trouble.

"Everyone's rushing to get home before it gets real bad," said Castor. "But they don't realize the roads are slick already."

One car Castor towed near I-10 and Taylor Street proved typical for the day.

"He was driving on the feeder and traffic in front of him came to a stop," she added. "He couldn't stop in time and rear-ended the vehicle in front of him."

Her colleagues at Fast Tow responded to similar scenes.

The company's president said that while the bad weather created more business, it was a double edged sword.

"I'm more worried about the risk on the freeway," said Jeanette Rash. "Towing a couple of extra cars is nothing in comparison to a truck getting hit or a driver getting hurt."

Castor has been fortunate. After five years on the job, she's never been injured, but she has heard a lot of excuses from stranded motorists.

"They say things like my breaks didn't work or I couldn't get my car to stop or I only looked down for a second, and when I looked back up I couldn't stop," said Castor.

And Castor had some advice for drivers who might encounter ice.

"If you see something that looks like water, it might be ice so slow down," said Castor.

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