Tow truck drivers working extra hours clearing the streets

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - With all the snow still on the ground, cars are having trouble on the icy roads. Tow truck drivers are heading out for long hours and more than doubling their normal workloads.

After working since 7 a.m., Rodney Candler still has about eleven more tows to go. He says he will be picking up cars that are stranded well past midnight. Candler says on a normal day his company would usually have about 20 to 30 tows.

"By the end of the night we'll be at 60 tows for the day," Candler says.

Candler says that 90 percent of his tows were mechanical and he had one wreck from about 13 or 14 tows. While there are a lot of icy mishaps Candler says most of the problems are from cars not able to handle the cold.

"Today I had a customer with a 2014 Mercedes, with 1,200 miles on slide off the road and hit a rock," Candler said. "It was mangled -- brand new car."

One SUV needed a tow earlier in the day, but it wasn't until well after sunset until the tow truck driver could pick it up.

"You never know what to expect when you get there," he said.

Each tow costs between $70-90.