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Wrecking crews kept busy overnight

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Crews recovered vehicles from many scenes despite difficulties in communication. Crews recovered vehicles from many scenes despite difficulties in communication.

Towing companies in Sand Mountain are trying to catch up on some rest after a busy day dealing with sudden snowfall.

One company that covers Guntersville and Albertville said that on a typical day they may get ten calls. Wednesday they estimated 40 calls were put in for service.

For Whitaker Towing, it all started around 10 a.m. Tuesday and did not end until 3:30 Wednesday morning. That is when calls came in that stranded motorists or those who had accidents needed help.

Torrey Whitaker said it was a pretty challenging day because the cell phone lines were busy and they were having to text to find out the locations of where they needed to go. Whitaker said some cars had to be towed, but they also had cars that just needed to get out of a ditch. Whitaker said they are still dealing with those vehicles today.

"We've probably got a half dozen that are overturned on Wyeth Mountain Road; they have actually closed the road. We've got to get them out as we can get to that point," Whitaker said.

Most North Alabama roads are in considerably better shape since Tuesday but caution is still advised. ALDOT engineer Johnny Harris said he knows of no state roads that are closed. Area EMA directors said secondary roads are still a problem. While the sun has helped melt snow off the roads, they are still a big concern.

Harris said some mountainout state roads in Jackson County and Highways 117 and 35 in DeKalb County could still have icing. "Just drive with caution and understand that even though where they're currently driving is clear, they may enounter an area that could be a little icy or slippery. Just be aware of it and adjust your speed accordingly," Harris said.

Working the roads can be understandably dangerous. Whitaker said he had a driver who had minor injuries after he was hit by a car. He reminds people if you see a wrecker on the side of the road, it is best to move over.

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