DAILY NEWS Aug 17, 2012 2:45 PM - 14 comments

Heavy rescue tow truck drivers go through 'hell' on new TV series

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TORONTO, Ont. -- The treacherous kilometres of B.C.’s Coquihalla Highway will be getting their close-up starting next month when the Discovery Channel premieres its new “Highway Thru Hell” TV series.

The new show follows the team of heavy rescue tow truck drivers at Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue as they fight to keep open the 100-kilometre stretch of highway running through B.C.’s Cascade Mountains – touted as one of the most inhospitable trucking routes in North America.

The series premiere, titled “Death on the Coq,” features Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue’s “A” team, Adam Gazzola and Kevin Ritchie, spending a busy morning clearing spun-out semis off the road when word comes that a multi vehicle pile-up has closed down both northbound lanes. While Gazzola scrambles to get the highway open, Davis tries to free a semi from a steep, icy off-ramp. By sundown the crew is exhausted, but the Coq isn’t done with them yet. At 3 a.m., a five-semi wreck at the top of the mountain sends Davis and his 16-year-old son Brandon fighting their way through the traffic backup. This is Brandon’s first night wreck – and the hard reality of heavy rescue towing is driven home when he discovers a driver under one of the trucks, dead.

In addition to the men of Jamie Davis Heavy Rescue, the show’s producers are calling the team’s vehicles the “undisputed co-stars” of “Highway Thru Hell.” One such vehicle, Rescue 52, features a fixed 30-tonne crane, and two powerful winches which extends the reach of the truck for hundreds of metres. “It would take eight standard tow trucks to match the capacity of this single heavy wreck mover – a vital part of the rescue arsenal when a jack-knifed rig is dangling from a 120-metre cliff,” said a recent release from the show.

The original eight-part Canadian series is produced by Vancouver’s Great Pacific TV and will premiere Sept. 4 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on the Discovery Channel.

For more information, visit www.discoverychannel.ca or follow @DiscoveryCanada and @HwyThruHell on Twitter.

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I love this show and would like to buy the complete series on DVD but can't find where or if it is available.

Posted April 9, 2014 01:05 PM

Robert Assimacopoulos

I like your show hard to keep drivers around just got my class 2, with air brakes, call me if you need a driver (ontario)5197292220

Posted October 26, 2013 03:20 AM


I love your show doing a great job guys I cannot wait te see that hyw next summer

Posted September 15, 2013 06:07 PM

Mr. Tomasz Czerwinski

Hello y'all semi truck drivers
i was driving semi trucks in canada for a little bit and the highways here are bad , single lane roads where there is so much room for at least double lane in each direction and they don't build it , the curves the up and down driving this is the worst , those of you that are so sure and have these tips to have good winter tires or be patient what a bunch of croc , just wait untill it's your turn in that ditch or that side of the mountain then you'll be crying and saying that it's a bad highway , i watched that fake " ice road truckers " tv show and there was a guy who said when he drove into a ditch he said it's not why somebody drives into a ditch it's when ,
i drove from edmonton to whitehorse and back and i did get stuck my self on the steamboat hill and that highway is bad , same with all the highways and roads in canada , i went to europe and drove from rome italy through austria to poland and there is's all flat 2 lane driving you guys would prabobly hate it no chalenge for yous ,
there was a pile up 80 cars accident on the highway 2 from edmonton to calgary prabobly because non of them had any winter tires on ,

Posted April 8, 2013 10:01 PM


I just retired after 48yrs of trucking and i think this show is TERRIFFIC.It is supposed to be entertaining not dead serious like some people want.

Posted February 7, 2013 04:12 PM

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