State Police Release List Of Tow Services That Cleared Cars Abandoned In Storm

November 16, 2018

The autumn storm that dropped nearly a foot of snow on the region Thursday overmatched numerous drivers on area interstates, leaving many spinning wheels and ditching cars on icy highways. Traffic snarled to a standstill for hours as police, tow companies and plow trucks struggled to keep up with the storm. As midnight approached, interstate traffic was moving again, said Trooper Bob Urban, a spokesman at the Dunmore-based Troop R of the state police. “Basically, what it comes down to was nobody was prepared,” Urban said. “All the vehicles I attended to on patrol — every single one — had bald tires.” The state police this morning released a list of tow truck companies used to clear abandoned vehicles. The agency asked those who left cars behind to call and find them. “Do NOT abandon your vehicle in the middle of the roadway,” Urban said in a statement released with the list of tow operators. “This creates a safety hazard and becomes an obstruction for snow removal!” Through midnight, 9.4 inches of snow fell at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, according to the National Weather Service. That was a record for Nov. 15, eclipsing 6 inches on the date in 1906. The storm will enter the books as at least the third-biggest November snowfall since record keeping began locally in 1901. When snowfall totals from today are added, the storm could move up to No. 2 all-time. The biggest November storm on record was Thanksgiving Day in 1971, when the region was slammed with 18.5 inches of snow. Stuck vehicles in “the Notch” between Scranton and South Abington Twp. also bottlenecked traffic on the McDade Expressway for hours during Thursday’s afternoon and evening commute. Well over a dozen abandoned vehicles remained stranded on the side of the expressway this morning. INTERSTATE 81 JAMS CAUSED TRAFFIC BACKUPS FOR MANY ROADS THAT FEED INTO THAT HIGHWAY. A 15-MINUTE TRIP TO THE MIDVALLEY FROM SCRANTON TURNED INTO A 2-HOUR-PLUS MARATHON FOR MANY ON MAIN AVENUE. DAVID SINGLETON, STAFF WRITER, CONTRIBUTED TO THIS REPORT.  Boots and Hanks — 800-340-8778  Brayer’s Auto Service & Towing — 570-340-8778  DeNaples Auto Parts — 570-346-7673  Johnson’s Towing — 570-346-0731  Keyser Valley Auto Wreckers — 570-347-6062  Lokuta’s Repair Center & Towing — 570-655-3488  Paul’s Auto Repair & Towing — 570-766-1998  Plummer’s Towing — 570-945-5107  RLE Enterprises — 570-840-2709  Schlier’s Towing — 570-629-0293  Valley Dodge Truck Center — 570-344-4290

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