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ISP lifts tow ban in southern Illinois

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UPDATE: Feb. 16, 2021 8:40 A.M.

Illinois State Police have lifted the tow ban in Districts 13, 19 and 22.

ORIGINAL STORY: Feb. 15, 2021

WILLIAMSON COUNTY (WSIL) -- Illinois State Police is activating a towing ban for District 13, which covers parts of Southern Illinois.

According to a statement by ISP, a tow ban happens when 'weather conditions make it unsafe to remove a crashed or disabled vehicle until weather and road conditions improve.'

In addition, 'occupants are assisted with transportation to safe locations until arrangements can be made for removal of the vehicle, after the tow ban is lifted.' ISP removes vehicles that present road hazards.

The tow ban will remain in effect until both weather and road conditions improve and allow for the safe removal of vehicles.

The impacted areas include Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, Washington and Williamson Counties.

The ban stops work at Vernell's Interstate Service in Marion. Its service director Dustin Halliday said workers were preparing their trucks for anything that comes their way.

"The road conditions are just going to continue to get worse, and they're already bad," Halliday said. "If you don't need to get out, just stay home."

Halliday says one of the biggest challenges a tow truck driver faces in inclement weather is dealing with other drivers. Halliday asks drivers who are out, to slow down and give them room to work.

"We face the same driving conditions that you do," Halliday said. "It's going to be a challenge for us to get to certain places."

If you end up going off the road, Halliday asks that you wait inside your car for help.

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