CDOT Courtesy Patrol helps stranded drivers

Posted at 11:09 PM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-16 01:09:04-05

Tow truck drivers don't always gets to be heroes but in terrible weather, it's driver Danny Hurtado with Extreme Towing and Rescue to the rescue.

"It's crazy out here sometimes, especially in this snow," he said while driving his route on I-25 looking for stranded drivers Tuesday. "I've been doing this since 1993. We get a lot of cars spinning out all the time, and they hit the wall because they’re traveling too fast."

He is part of the Mile High Courtesy Patrol. CDOT contracts with local tow companies is able to give free help to stranded drivers during morning and evening rush hours.

"We help people out for free," said Hurtado, who helped more than 30 cars Tuesday morning alone. "They can be out of gas, tire change, jump start, get them off the highway for free to a safe drop site. All kinds of stuff we do for them."

He says all too often though, people have bald tires and were going too fast.

"People just need to stay home when it's this bad," he said. "I like helping them when they need it, though."


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