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American Towman Magazine Presents the Week in TowingMarch 21 - March 27, 2018
Popular towman Daniel J. Coady, 41, was struck and killed on I-495 in Andover, Massachusetts, on March 14. He had been with Coady’s Towing for 25 years. Image: Coady Family.

Towman Dan Coady Killed on I-495

Towman Dan Coady of Coady's Towing Service in Lawrence, Massachusetts, was killed in a chaotic five-vehicle pileup on I-495 in Andover on March 14.

State Police said it started with a two-car crash in the southbound lanes just before 11 p.m. A short time later, Coady arrived and began loading one of the cars onto his flatbed.

That's when police say a Pontiac G6 hit a BMW that was parked in the breakdown lane. The Pontiac then went on to hit the tow truck and Coady, who was standing next to it. The Pontiac was then hit by a Hyundai Santa Fe.

Coady, 41, was rushed to Saint's Memorial Hospital in Lowell, but didn't survive.

Coady had been with Coady's Towing for 25 years. He is survived by his wife Crysi, sons Paddy and Ev, and a host of many other relatives, friends and the entire towing community.


ELD Extension [b]for Some Haulers

Truckers hauling agricultural products and livestock have received further reprieve from compliance with the U.S. DOT's electronic logging device mandate.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced last week that such haulers will have until June 18 to adopt an ELD. They can continue to run on paper logs in the meantime.

They had already secured a three-month compliance extension beyond the mandate's Dec. 18 deadline, giving them until March 18 to comply.

However, the agency decided to provide such truckers an additional 90 days to comply so it can "continue to work on outreach and communication with the (agricultural) community so they have the fullest understanding of the rule and regulations," said FMCSA head of enforcement Joe DeLorenzo.


SelecTrucks Launches [b]Roadside Select

SelecTrucks has launched a heavy-duty emergency roadside assistance program, Roadside Select. The program is powered by Roadside Masters, a 24/7 roadside assistance program for commercial vehicles serving owner-operators and fleets.

The company said with response times under an hour, Roadside Select enables owner-operators and drivers to get back on the road as quickly as possible.

"Roadside Select is a helpful tool to protect our customers in the unfortunate event of an emergency" said Bryan Howard, director of sales and distribution.

Services include towing, mobile mechanic services, tire service, fuel and fluid replacement, parts delivery service, jump- and pull-starts and lockout/key services.


Custer Products [b]Celebrates 25 Years

Custer Products/Lite It is celebrating its 25th year in business. The North Canton, Ohio-based company sells lighting products to the towing industry through a distribution network that covers the Americas, Europe and Australia.

"We've never wanted to be the biggest, just the best," said CEO Brad Custer. "We think of ourselves as a 'small giant' in the towing industry." In addition to towing, Custer offers lighting products to the trucking, RV, off-road, marine and farm industries.


APTO to Host [b]Two Training Events

The Association of Professional Towers-Ohio has announced two upcoming training opportunities.

On April 28-29, a WreckMaster Level 2/3 training will take place at Pine Tree Towing in Cambridge.

In addition, the second annual Miller Industries/APTO Two-Day Advanced Heavy-Duty Training, featuring Tom Luciano, will take place June 5-6 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Middleburg Heights. Registration begins on April 2 and special APTO hotel rates are available.

Cost for the Miller/APTO training is $495 for members/$595 for non-members, and will include breakfast and lunch.


Zip's Donates to ITRHFM

Zip's Truck Equipment has donated $750 from the company's Slow Down, Move Over campaign to the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame Survivor Fund that provides immediate financial support to families of towing operators who lose their lives in the line of service.

This past summer, Zip's created a variety of products, such as vinyl vehicle decals, unisex T-shirts and baseball shirts, to support the Move Over awareness events happening across the country.

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