Towing companies slammed with calls after Sunday's icy weather

The new year brought a busy day for towing companies across the mountains. News 13 talked to several who were slammed with calls to rescue abandoned cars from Sunday's storm. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

The new year brought a busy day for towing companies across the mountains. News 13 talked to several who were slammed with calls to rescue abandoned cars from Sunday's storm.

Carolina Towing and Transport said their phones were ringing non-stop last night and into Monday.

"Yesterday between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. we probably fielded 200 calls," said Craig Keith, of Carolina Towing and Transport.

About a day later, the side of I-26 was still crowded with abandoned cars.

The storm hit during the New Year's Eve holiday rush, causing traffic nightmares and forcing many to catch a safer ride home.

In Weaverville, Carolina Towing and Transport helped pull out a car stuck in ditch. Fortunately, they were able to get it out in minutes with little damage to the car itself.

The car belongs to Perston Queen, who was delivering pizzas Sunday night when another car came sliding right toward him.

"A Subaru came around this corner here and was in my lane, and I kind of turned and started sliding, and I couldn't stop," Queen recalled.

He said the conditions were terrible.

"It was very slick, the delivery I was on. I couldn't make it to my house, so that's why I had pizza in my car," Queen said.

His new year started like many, trying to get his car back home, after an icy end to 2017.

"Most of the time with the snow you have some ice, but it was ice everywhere, not just the cold spots on the mountain, but everywhere," Keith said.

News 13 talked to several other towing companies who were busy all day Monday.

Buncombe County dispatch says they got more than 1,200 calls in a 24 hour period yesterday. The good news is, we haven't heard of any serious injuries from any weather related accidents.

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