Area tow truck drivers busy after Sunday snow storm

Tow truck drivers had their pick of assignments. Up and down Interstate 29 Monday, Dec. 6, there were more than two-dozen trucks and cars in ditches left over from the storm.

MAYVILLE, N.D. — Rich Klaski of Mayville's Samaritan Towing had a phone that just kept ringing Monday from people hoping to get their cars out of the ditch.

"I had zero visibility last night," Klaski recalled. "I was crawling along Highway 200 and couldn't have been doing more than ten miles an hour, just watching the side of the road so I could see where I was going."

North of Fargo, along Interstate 29, nearly 25 cars littered the ditches. At the height of the wind and snow, people couldn't see, and into the ditch they went.

So on Monday, Klaski went to call after call digging out and hooking up cars to pull them out.

It got so bad Sunday night on I-29 that North Dakota Highway Patrol troopers went out on the interstate to rescue people who had ignored the warnings and were stranded in their cars.


NDHP Captain Bryan Niewind was one of several troopers who was out rescuing people in horrible conditions.

"We're loading our cars up with people, and sometimes having to turn around, come back to town and drop them off then to head back north again," Niewind said.

The NDHP usually gives people 48 hours to remove cars from the interstate, but more time is given during storms.

Some towing companies WDAY News talked to said they had jobs for the entire day up and down the interstate, and were grateful the sun was out and roads finally clear.

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia, Juarez,Mexico and the Middle East. He is an multiple Emmy and national Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

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