A heavy-duty tow truck at work
A heavy-duty tow truck at work. Click image to enlarge

Charlotte, North Carolina – Television station SPEED has announced a new show, Wrecked, which will air this summer. The show will follow tow truck operators from Chicago O’Hare Towing & Recovery as they service one of the busiest transportation hubs in the U.S.

“It’s probably safe to say that just about anyone who’s ever driven a car has come in contact with a tow truck driver at least once or twice, and most likely not under happy circumstances,” said Robert Ecker, vice-president of programming for SPEED. “Whether they are called upon to fix a flat tire, tow an illegally-parked vehicle or clean up the remnants of a major wreck, the people who work in this inherently dangerous industry touch the lives of all of us in some way large or small, yet they remain otherwise virtually unnoticed. With this series, we intend to showcase the inner workings of one of the largest and busiest such companies, in one of the largest and busiest metropolitan areas in the country.”

According to the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame in Tennessee, nearly 100 tow truck drivers lose their lives on the job every year in the U.S. O’Hare responds to more than 200 calls a day, in a city that reports nearly a quarter of a million traffic collisions each year.

Wrecked is scheduled for ten one-hour episodes premiering in HD in July. Exclusive Wrecked short-form content will be available all season through SpeedTV.com, VOD cable, iTunes video podcasts, mobile phones, cable broadband sites and viral distribution.

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