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Winter storm keeps police, tow trucks busy

By Bonnie Shelton

WAUSAU (WAOW)--Emergency crews and towing companies spent most of Tuesday night and Wednesday morning rescuing stranded vehicles. Authorities and tow truck drivers agreed this is one of the worst storms in recent memory.

Andy Olson of Andy's Towing said snow drifts on some county roads reached over four feet high. He was smashing through snow banks that reached to the top of his trucks grill at times.

"The country roads some of them we wouldn't go to because if they were stuck and the plows weren't coming through, there was no way we were going to get in there," he said.

Local authorities had a hard time dealing with all the ditched cars in Marathon County, too.

Lt. Randy Albert said these are some of the worst conditions he's seen in many years.

"The majority of roads running north to south were impassible," he said.

All of the Sheriff's Department's cars were out either responding to cars in ditches or trying to get to cars that were stranded.

Olson said he can't even remember how many cars he towed out Tuesday night. "I did probably 15 to 20 of them and what the other guys did, I have no idea."

Authorities said they hadn't seen many car accidents, but once the temperatures drop and roads clear, ice could be very dangerous. They recommend if you can, stay home and wait until weather conditions improve.

Online Reporter: Bonnie Shelton

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