A driver decided it was a late night and dropped off his flat bed trailer on the far East end of Seawall Blvd. A&A wrecker decided that $43,000 was a fair price, and billed the owner.
One night last week, Galveston police say a driver for Wellco Tank Trucks of Dover, Oklahoma, parked his trailer in the right lane of traffic facing westbound near the end of Seawall Boulevard by East Beach.
Tino Ordonez with A & A Wrecking said, “It was the trailer and the load. It was right in the lane of traffic.”
Police had it towed. Tino Ordonez was among the crews from A & A Wrecking.
“It was in a lane of traffic,” he said. “It was basically endangering everybody.”
But the owner of the truck says A & A Wrecking charged him by the pound. With the big bulldozer they were trying to deliver to the port, he says the towing company estimated the vehicle to weigh about 172,000 pounds, asking him to shell out $43,000 for the three-mile tow.
Mike Matthews with Wellco Tank Trucks said, “I thought it was extortion and I was pretty upset about it.”
A & A Wrecker tried to justify the bill.
A&A Wrecker Service in Galveston was next in line for the heavy-duty tow, company owner Noel Anderwald said. Although Anderwald said he was within his rights to charge $40,000, he reduced the fee twice.
“Legally, through the state of Texas and the city of Galveston, I can charge 25 cents a pound,” Anderwald said.
The tow was an exceptional one, taking eight hours, seven men and lots of vehicles, Anderwald said.
I can’t understand why it would involve so much to tow a trailer. Usually whats involved is backing into it hithching it up and driving off, now more than 1 person and 15 minutes. I have some advice for A& A, “Just because it’s legal doesn’t make it right.”
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