Jake’s Towing finds work for homeless vehicles as monster truck obstacles

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Jake’s Towing finds work for homeless vehicles as monster truck obstacles
While thousands of spectators were watching the Grave Digger grind over obstacles on the Superdome floor last Saturday, workers from Jake’s Towing in St. Charles Parish were keeping a look out on the vehicles below.

Jake’s supplied 46 cars, two school busses, vans, a camper and other vehicles for last weekend’s Monster Jam held in New Orleans. All of the vehicles were delivered to the Superdome in one day.

“They wanted certain vehicles, so we had to bring them what they asked for,” Clint Jacob, of Jake’s Towing, said. “They wanted to run over some school buses this year, so we supplied a couple of those as well.

“We supplied vehicles for the event last year too, and it’s just a great thing to be a part of.”

And while Jake’s employees got to witness the show, and even take part in a portion of it, they had a lot of work to do throughout the night.

“We have two cars that raced in the obstacle course, which was fun, but we also were responsible for towing any wrecked vehicles off the track during the race,” Jacob said.

And after the event was over and the fans streamed out of the Superdome, Jake’s Towing had to get all 60 vehicles out of the Dome that night.

“Afterwards, we had to crush up all of the vehicles, load them up, then carry them back to our junkyard,” Jacob said. “We got all the vehicles out in one and a half hours.”

Providing vehicles is nothing new to Jake’s Towing. In fact, the company has supplied cars to Hahnville High School for the last two years.

“They use the vehicles for fire training,” Jacob said.

They also have supplied vehicles to every parish fire station on the west bank.

“We do a lot of good business in the parish,” Jacob said. “But we always try to give back to the community when we can.”

Jake’s will also offer a bus rollover reenactment in front of their office in Boutte sometime this month. The bus has already been purchased, and Jake’s will invite every fire station in the parish to come out and take part.

“It's against the law to run lights to an accident scene and  we can only use lights for safety - sirens aren't allowed,” Jacob said. “Because of that, timing is everything and we are trying to change how local responders work with us. We want to show them what we do in a situation such as a bus rollover so that they understand everything that will be taking place.

“It’s all about safety.”

And that doesn’t just mean the safety of the passengers, it goes for Jake’s employees as well.

“We want to have a good relationship with the fire departments, because if something happens out there, those guys can save our lives,” Jacob said.

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