Abandoned cars litter Tenn. roadways, keep tow companies busy - WKRN News 2

Abandoned cars litter Tenn. roadways, keep towing companies busy


Drivers heading home Monday night had a smoother commute than they had during the morning hours. 

For many, it quickly turned into a nightmare with crashes and cars that had to be abandoned on major roads. 

The amount of incidents kept area tow truck companies pretty busy, but News 2 wanted to know what happens to those abandoned vehicles after they are towed? 

Tow truck operators like Randy Hall and his partner were busy all Monday traveling throughout the Mid-State to help our drivers like Raj Gongalin, who lost control of his car Sunday night due to the miserable weather conditions.  His car ended up in a ditch along Interstate-65 at Bethel Road in Millersville.

"The truck on my right side blew all the snow across my windshield and I slid," said Gongalin.

Towing companies like Bailey's Wrecker Service in east Nashville told News 2 service calls have more than double Monday due to the winter mix.

"We get these conditions and people forget how to drive," Tony Thomas, a supervisor for Bailey's Wrecker Service.

Thomas said there are two different scenarios which typically play out when dealing with towing vehicles in Metro-Davidson County, especially when experiencing bad weather. 

The first is an authorized call, meaning, the owner of  the  vehicle personally calls the towing company to have the vehicle removed from the road. 

The other deals when a vehicle that is abandoned and impeding traffic.  In this case, Metro police will call a towing company near the scene to remove the car.

"There's certain wrecker services that have their own zones. When Metro police calls then we'll go out and pick them up but it's only authorized by Metro," said Thomas.

Once the authorized or abandoned vehicles are towed, the vehicles will then stay at the towing companies' lot until they are ready to be reclaimed by the owner.

Most towing companies will hold on to abandoned vehicles anywhere from 45 to 90 days. 

During that time, they will do the necessary paperwork to track the owner down in hopes of notify them about claiming their vehicle.  If the owner does not claim the vehicle after that time period, the vehicle is then auctioned off.

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