Tow trucks hard at work during winter storm

OKEMOS, MI (WLNS) – Since the storm hit yesterday, more tow trucks than usual are hard at work — helping drivers who are struggling on the roads.

Wesley Austin has been driving tow trucks at Okemos Marathon for 23 years.

And 6 News joined him today on his shift.

“It’s quite a challenge,” Austin said. “You have to really drive defensive out here.”

He’s been on the road since 7 a.m. And — in just the first few hours — he’s helped numerous vehicles.

“I’ve pulled out a half a dozen of them, and then unlocked two,” Austin said.

And now — he’s on the way to help another.

Chelsea Thiede’s car can’t move, the wheels no match for the wet snow.

But after a few tries — it’s finally out. And Thiede is thankful.

“I mean – what – it took them twenty minutes to get here, and then they got an extra car, so, it was amazing,” Thiede said.

But she’s not the only one stuck on this road.

Near the intersection of Okemos and Willoughby, a tow truck is helping a truck move out of the snow, and even further down the street, there are a bunch of cars waiting to be helped.

And Okemos Marathon owner Chris Parrish says, more drivers in need, makes winter extremely busy for tow trucks.

“Last night after the storm really started, we had seven of our nine trucks on the road, and about a two to three hour wait,” Parrish said.

Today, six of the trucks are on duty — including Austin’s.

And although it’s a tough job, he stays positive — saying, “Yup, we’re going to start trying to get it out of there.”

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