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Icy roads mean long waits for tow trucks

Friday - 1/3/2014, 12:53pm  ET

Car stuck in snow (WTOP/John Aaron)
Many cars are skidding on area roadways, keeping tow truck drivers busy. (WTOP/John Aaron)

WASHINGTON - Drivers who skid out or get into accidents Friday may have a long, cold wait for a tow truck.

Cold temperatures mean that despite the sunshine, icy stretches of road are staying icy and tow truck drivers are staying busy.

That was the case for Attah Anoh, of Clinton, Md.

On a snowy stretch of Cedar Street in Silver Spring Friday, he lost control of his yellow Nissan Sentra.

"I hit the sidewalk,and my left axle's broken," Anoh said. His car was stuck in the roadway as he tried to find a tow truck.

Several tow operators said they were extremely busy as a result of the winter weather. Some had multiple callers on hold at any given time.

While response times normally run in the 45 to 60 minute range, operators said it could take up to 90 minutes Friday for a tow truck to arrive.

When driving on ice, remember to drive more slowly than normal and leave plenty of room to stop. Brake gently to avoid skidding, especially on bridges and ramps, according to The Weather Channel.

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