Highway Thru Hell 2012 | TV Show Watchlist
Following tow-truck drivers who work along an inhospitable trucking route in British Columbia.
Premiered: September 4, 2012
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The Heavy Rescue crew tackles their toughest recovery so far this season when they have to pull a smashed SUV up a shear 400 meter cliff. Jamie offers stepson Brandon a chance to drive his own tow truck – but first he needs to teach the teenager how to drive standard. Brandon is game, so long as it doesn't interfere with his daily routine at the gym.
With spring coming, Jamie is facing a backlog of bills and heavy pressure to cut costs by laying off some of his staff. When a semi full of mail goes off a cliff, Adam and the weary crew are sent out to unload and recover it. But a long season has everyone’s tempers on edge. When a winter-worn cable snaps, narrowly missing Adams head, Jamie's most senior driver threatens to go on strike. Jamie’s teenage son Brandon isn't any help on the big wrecks, and seems distracted by a new girlfriend. Jamie offers the irritable teen his own truck for next season. But Brandon’s first towing lesson makes it obvious to Jamie that this kid is no heir apparent. The season comes to a bitter end when Jamie finally bites the bullet and sends two of his guys packing to the unemployment line.
Why is one guy always happy, while another is always pissed off? Kevin considers yard man Samy, a 40-year-old immigrant from Fiji, to be his assistant. When Kevin buys a video camera to film wrecks, his new hobby starts to get in the way of his current job. A head-on collision between two semis has the entire crew battling to clear the charred wreckage and get the road open. While Kevin captures the action on tape, Samy does most of the heavy lifting, earning him a bottle of scotch and Jamie’s praise. That night, Samy, who sleeps in Jamie’s office during the week, reveals that his hard work is all for his beloved wife and three kids. Meanwhile, Kevin, reviewing his footage at home, reveals that his video hobby started with his father, who worked in TV. When Kevin announced as a teen that he wanted to be a truck driver, his dad cut him off and hasn’t seen him in over 20 years. He considers Jamie to be his adopted father. The next day, a harrowing drive up the Coq in dangerous avalanche conditions leaves both Kevin and Samy questioning why they do this for a living.
Heavy snowfall has created avalanche conditions on the Coq. Plow crews are barely able to keep up. When traffic starts backing up in high-risk avalanche zones, highway authorities decide to close the road in both directions. A team of avalanche techs flies up the mountain in helicopters to drop concussion bombs and release the build-up, but bad weather hampers their first attempt. With the Coq closed overnight, trucks are using the back roads to get through. Jamie’s team is called out to recover a semi that went over the cliff on rural Highway 3. The next day is a battle on all fronts to get the Coq open - with helicopter teams dropping more bombs, highway crews faced with two feet of accumulation, and Jamie’s team forced to call in a second rotator.
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- Premiered: September 4, 2012
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- Premise: Following tow-truck drivers who work along an inhospitable trucking route in British Columbia. (more)