Plow crews are barely able to keep up. Out of boredom, a prank on Rob ended on a sour note when news of a reefer truck with frozen foods crashes over a bank that ended up killing the driver, Jamie is forced to bring in a pick-up crew just to do the recovery while Rob guards the trailer. When a semi full of mail goes off a cliff, Adam and the weary crew are sent out to unload and recover it. Highway Thru Hell season 5 episode 1 gets where the Story left off — with Davis hoping to extend his Heavy Recovery Operation while confronting new difficulties and greater wrecks. Ken Monkhouse arrives at a job to find that the competition has gotten the jump on him. In between highlight clips, showing some of the best and worst times they had the over the season's eight gripping episodes, the guys talk about their toughest wrecks, worst injuries, stormiest weather, tense moments on the team, and why they stick it out despite it all.
His day gets even worse when Scott smashes the Rotator. Scott returns after two weeks of forced vacation, hoping to finally get his new heavy rescue truck. Plow crews are barely able to keep up. Kevin considers yard man Samy, a 40-year-old immigrant from Fiji, to be his assistant. It revolves around a recovery crew that does its best to save victims of the worst weather conditions on the road.
Scott battles to keep a spun out lumber truck from tipping. Ken Monkhouse, who is Vancouver-based, and far more experienced compared to Rob, is working only on commission, and having to hunt for work himself frustrates him, but has to put everything into perspective when he heads to the hospital and comes face to face with the reality of the career he has chosen, and a buddy who has lost his leg, while desperately trying to save the other leg, and was full conscious and aware through the ordeal when it was filmed on the news. While Kevin captures the action on tape, Samy does most of the heavy lifting, earning him a bottle of scotch and Jamie's praise. Jordie welcomes his brother back to the family business as they tackles a vehicle in a river. But the busy winter season is here and the custom-built wrecker still hasn't been delivered. 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, who happened to be Jamie's brother, Jason.
In the end of the winter season, Jamie has to be on call to deal with the wrecks alone. Hampered by heavy snow, rocks and extreme cold - Colin and Kelly must finish the tough recovery and meet a tight deadline for Jamie Davis. Before firing Rob, he decides to give him one last chance when a call comes in for a repo job. When a reefer truck crashes over a bank, killing the driver, Jamie is forced to bring in a pick-up crew just to do the recovery. A truckload of frozen chickens crashes into a tangle of trees. When traffic starts backing up in high-risk avalanche zones, highway authorities decide to close the road in both directions.
A brutal, back road mission on a burned-out wreck. When Kevin buys a video camera to film wrecks, his new hobby starts to get in the way of his current job. Just days before Christmas, Jamie heads to the factory in Tennessee to bring it home himself. With the Coq closed overnight, trucks are using the back roads to get through. Jamie talks about being prepared for anything and how his amazing fleet of heavy rescue trucks helps him tackle it all. Just days before Christmas, Jamie heads to the factory in Tennessee to bring it home himself with his new recruit, Hugo. Jamie and Scott team up on a heavy roll over in the Fraser Canyon.
Working through blinding snow, freezing rain and an avalanche threat - heavy rescue crews battle to help drivers out of the 'closure zone' and off the mountain highway. When a semi full of mail goes off a cliff, Adam and the weary crew are sent out to unload and recover it. When Jamie confronts him, Kevin storms off the job. When the Rotator lands in the shop during an especially busy week, Al uses it as a chance to scoop a job off Jamie. Ken and Dylan fight to recover a flipped logging truck off an icy mountain road.
A legendary truck makes a triumphant return. When a winter-worn cable snaps, narrowly missing Adams head, Jamie's most senior driver threatens to go on strike. It turns into a deep freeze all-nighter where Brandon finally redeems himself. Colin is forced to go it alone after a freak snowstorm leaves the highway littered with crashed vehicles. 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.
Things get more complicated when one of Jamie's new drivers, from the city, learns a close buddy has nearly died in a towing accident during a snowstorm. A truckload of Christmas mail nearly goes off a cliff. When Kevin buys a video camera to film wrecks, his new hobby starts to get in the way of his current job. Brandon walked off on the job after the operation took a lot longer than expected, but next morning, he learns the basics of car recovery and towing, but by the fifth attempt at recovering the car, Jamie gave up calling on Brandon and asked Gord to help. He considers Jamie to be his adopted father.