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USA Wrecker Pageant trucks in Texas will be inside
FedEx Truck crashed in same location as another recent incident
A tow boom shuts down Junction City, Oregon, event
The Hercules unit is a 50,000-lbs. planetary winch
What's your company policy; what are the state's regs?
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This year’s USA Wrecker Pageant at the Tow Expo-Dallas in Grapevine, Texas, will be held indoors in air-conditioned comfort at the Gaylord Texan Hotel. This Kenworth/Jerr-Dan 25-ton won first place in the Heavy-Duty Tandem category in the heat at last year’s event. Image: AT staff.

The Air-Conditioned [b]Wrecker Pageant

Some remember the heat of last year's Tow Expo-Dallas; especially those who entered their trucks in the USA Wrecker Pageant.

We have some great news for this year's pageant entrants: this year's USA Wrecker Pageant will be inside the air-conditioned comfort of the host hotel at the Gaylord Texan!

Now you can look forward to all the great competition of year's past, plus the additional cool comforts of being inside in the Texas August heat.

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Source: AT Staff.

Tow Company Sued [b]over 'Road Rage'

The family of a truck driver who prosecutors have alleged was shot and killed by a tower in a "road rage" incident in Oak Brook, Illinois, is suing Wes's Service Inc. for the driver's death.

Nicole Munoz, special administrator of the estate of Eduardo Munoz, filed a complaint on June 19 in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging the defendant should be made to pay for allowing its employee to carry a pistol in one of its vehicles in violation of company policy.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges Munoz was shot and killed during a road rage incident with one of the defendant's employees, identified as Anthony Tillmon. The plaintiff holds the defendant responsible for allegedly failing to train the driver to prevent road rage incidents.

Tillmon has been charged with first degree murder after he allegedly shot Munoz three times during an altercation on Interstate 88 in Chicago's western suburbs.


City Council Limits Wreckers

The Clanton (Alabama) City Council unanimously approved capping the tow truck companies on the city wrecker list.

During a July 24 meeting, City Council member Bobby Cook made a motion to discontinue adding more companies to the list for a span of three years.

Mayor Billy Joe Driver expressed concern that having so many wrecker services on the list was creating more work for the 911 Communications personnel.

Clanton Police Chief Keith Maddox said the City Council had traditionally added any wrecker service in the city that requested it, but it would be fine to restrict it as long as there were enough on the list to meet the demand.

Before approving the restriction, the City Council approved a request by T&K Wrecker Service to be added to the list. This brings the number of tow services on the list to nine.

The mayor expressed concern that the number of junkyards in the city were creating an eyesore.

"Looks to me like we need to get rid of some of these things," Driver said.

Council member Mary Mell Smith suggested the council discuss possible restrictions for junkyards, such as fence requirements to keep cars from view. The council unanimously approved drafting a list of regulations by the start of the new fiscal year in October.


City May Limit Accident Fees

The City of Carmel, Indiana, is looking into possibly creating an ordinance to limit how much towing companies can charge when called out to clean up a car accident scene.

Officials started considering the measure after a man expressed frustration when he was charged thousands of dollars following a fatal crash, where he was not at fault.

Hooman Rahimi was driving along U.S. 31 and noticed a wrong-way driver coming right at him. The two collided and the other driver died at the scene.

Rahimi said the stress that came next was from the towing company called in to clear the crash scene.

"Had I known what they were going to charge me, I would've not allowed it to happen," Rahimi said.

According to him, he got an invoice from Paddack's Wrecker and Towing Co. charging him thousands of dollars for towing his truck and trailer.

He said the company eventually brought the total amount owed down to $2,500. He said he felt compelled to pay that in order to get back his pickup truck and trailer, with his racecar inside.

The owner of the towing company, Jeff Ripley, said in a statement:

"Paddack's has standard operating procedures that apply to every accident/impound that we come in contact with ... Mr Rhamini's [sic] loss in this unfortunate chain of events is completely reimbursable."

Ripley also said the service provided to Rahimi involved more than just a tow and involved large scale clean-up of the scene.

But, Rahimi said insurance will not cover all the damage and expenses associated with the crash. He took his concerns to the city, which then started looking into the practices of towing companies in the area.

"Carmel is looking into the possibility of creating an ordinance that would regulate the rate allowed for towing for companies that work with Carmel Police Department when they request a tow," said Nancy Heck, director of community relations for Carmel.


Spartanburg OKs New Rules

In April, Spartanburg, South Carolina's City Council gave final approval to the maximum fees for the booting, towing and storage of vehicles parked without permission on commercial property.

Also approved were measures requiring towing operators to register with the city and to accept payment on-site and release a vehicle if a driver comes back before the vehicle is towed.

Earlier this month, city staff proposed various amendments to the city's booting and towing ordinance concerning the storage of towed vehicles. The council on Monday unanimously approved the proposed amendments. The requirements will take effect within 30 days.

Now, all companies that boot and tow vehicles parked without permission on commercial property in the city are required to have a storage facility located either in the city or within two miles of the city limits.

Towing operators will be required to staff their storage facilities at least six days a week and at least four hours a day between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. And vehicle owners and authorized drivers will be able to retrieve belongings from a stored vehicle at no cost.

Towing companies that violate the new requirements could face up to $500 in fines or 30 days in jail for each violation. The companies also could lose their towing permit or business license to operate in the city.


Boom Short-Circuits Event

Junction City, Oregon's, Truck Function in Junction, showcasing semi and other commercial vehicles, came to an early end July 15 when the boom on a heavy-duty tow truck inadvertently elevated and snagged power, phone and cable TV lines, police said.

"The heavy-duty boom ... was so strong that it snapped telephone poles like twigs, ripped utility service entrance equipment from the roofs and walls of nearby buildings, destroyed transformers, and blew multiple utility circuit breakers," police said in a release.

"There was no indication of criminal negligence or wrongdoing on the part of the driver," police said. "Alcohol was not a factor in this incident, and the driver, as well as the owner of the truck, were fully cooperative during the investigation of this incident. No citations and/or charges were issued, and none are anticipated."

No one was injured.

A mechanical malfunction was the cause. Moving forward, event officials said they will no longer allow booms to be retracted during the show.

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