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  1. https://www.wfxg.com/story/42653097/wife-of-tow-truck-driver-killed-in-hitandrun-speaks-with-fox-54 https://www.wfxg.com/clip/15136518/wife-of-tow-truck-driver-killed-in-hit-and-run-speaks-with-fox-54 Sorry, I couldn't get this you fast enough.
  2. "Why do a truck inspection if nothing's gonna' get fixed?" The majority of companies have drivers write up daily inspection sheets to satisfy OSHA requirements. Those seem to often be filed away and not reviewed. I may be wrong but going further than an OSHA requirement. This is a daily inspection report, should it not be reviewed for any issues that require attention. And should those issues not be prioritized with the highest priority receiving immediate service and the lowest scheduled within a week. If there was an accident OSHA would review the reports on that unit. Even though many of us came up through an industry without such luxuries. It is likely a safety review could attribute a non functional A/C to driver fatigue. A month was a bit excessive and it seems the driver simply ran out of patience. I likely would have within a few days and without a date scheduled for repair become aggravated. In the end it is seems each party involved walked away a resolve.
  3. And that is often the problem with YouTube Videos. Some sources seem to be recycling them without providing an original air date.
  4. Image for representation only (Poland 2018) The Northwest Region OPP say a tractor trailer unit rearended another tractor trailer, and one of two trucks spilled its load of chocolate milk over the highway. Minor injuries have been reported, and a tow truck is on scene to clear the debris. Traffic control is in place while emergency responders perform their work. Residents are asked to use caution in the area, and to slow down and move over near crews. RESOURCE LINK
  5. Crash on I-20 kills tow truck driver A tow truck driver was killed this morning on Interstate 20 in McDuffie County at the site of an earlier accident. The first crash in the early morning blocked a lane of eastbound Interstate 20 at Cobham Road. A tow truck driver was attempting to load a vehicle after that crash and was was struck by another. The vehicle that struck the driver left the scene and Georgia State Patrol troopers were attempting to locate it. The Georgia Department of Transportation reported that a lane of the interstate was closed for a time due to that crash. RESOURCE LINK Updated: © Provided by Augusta-Aiken WRDW-TV A family of a tow truck driver says he was the sole victim in a hit-and-run incident on Interstate 20 Thursday morning. ‘Just please move over’ Family of tow truck driver grieves after fatal hit-and-run AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A family is heartbroken after a father of four was killed Thursday morning in a hit-and-run incident on Interstate 20. The accident happened on I-20 at Cobham Road in McDuffie County. The sole victim, Jason Willis, leaves behind a wife and several young children, one of whom passed away to SIDS last year. Willis' wife, Victoria, says she knew something was off when she woke up this morning. Jason hadn’t come home from work, and she had gotten worried. “I texted him and asked him what he was doing, just to see if he responded. But he didn’t respond,” Victoria said. That’s when she immediately knew something was wrong. “I tracked his phone to the side of the interstate where I met the coroner. Instantly when you meet a coroner, you know someone’s not walking away. I knew it was my husband,” she said. When Willis' family arrived at the scene, the coroner confirmed what Victoria feared. “Me and my kids sat on the side of the road for a little while,” she said. Georgia State Patrol says Jason was loading up a car when he was killed. Victoria says that’s something she’s always worried about. She works with Jason at Wayne’s Towing, and has seen too many close calls while out on the road with him. “That’s scary to know that someone almost hits your husband and then one morning you wake up to find out somebody did hit your husband, and they did not stop,” she said. Victoria says he was a compassionate man who would’ve given the shirt off his back. She says he loved his job and took pride in being a first responder, even though not everyone thinks of tow truck drivers that way. “They’re helping your family or you to make sure you get to tell your kids goodnight, to feed your baby, to make sure you get home to your wife and your husband,” Victoria said. And she has a simple plea for anyone who sees a tow truck on the side of the road. “Just please move over. Those are somebody’s parents. Those are somebody’s kids. And now my kids have to grow up without their father,” she said. Georgia Highway Patrol is still searching for the suspect in this hit-and-run. If you have any information about the incident, call their office at (404) 624-7451. RESOURCE LINK with video ADDED: An Aiken tow truck driver was involved in a fatal crash Thursday morning on Interstate 20 East in McDuffie County, Georgia. Eugene Jennings Willis III, 31, was attempting to load a vehicle on the south shoulder of the roadway by mile marker 177 around 5:45 a.m. when a vehicle crossed the fog line and struck Willis, according to Lt. Stephanie Stallings with the Georgia State Patrol. The suspect vehicle then fled the scene and there is no information on the hit and-run vehicle at this time, Stallings said. The investigation is ongoing by troopers of Post 25-Grovetown and members of Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team E. Willis, also known as Jason, worked at Wayne’s Automotive and Towing Center in Aiken. Social media comments came pouring in on Thursday in memory of Willis. A post in memory of Willis had over 300 comments, with many sending prayers and love to the family. One comment read, “What an amazing man is was. He was a super hard worker. He will be missed dearly. Prayers for his family and yours.” Another said, “I’m heartbroken to hear this news! keeping all of y’all in my thoughts. can’t believe this happened. he didn’t deserve this.” A GoFundMe page has been set up for his family at https://www.gofundme.com/f/family-of-jason-willis. RESOURCE LINK Wayne's Towing Recovery & Transport Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/WaynesTowingRecoveryHauling
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  7. After reading this story, you will ask is this what has become of our media. Key points: The Writer does not have any facts and uses words like Most Likely Accidental consumption through air or skin is nearly impossible. So what actually happened? On Sunday afternoon, news broke that authorities responding to a car crash on Golden Gate Bridge were exposed to fentanyl, a potent opioid designed to treat pain. According to California Highway Patrol, the four responding personnel — four CHP officers, a fire department employee, a bridge patrol officer and a tow truck driver — exhibited signs of overdose, and were rushed to the hospital. The Alexander Avenue off ramp was closed and the scene was declared a hazmat situation. It’s a sensational story, and for weekend reporters it was likely a welcome break from wildfire and COVID coverage. But it should be read with a highly critical eye. As studies have proven time and again, it’s nearly impossible to consume fentanyl just by being near it. This rumor pops up every couple of years — so often, in fact, that several medical papers have been written addressing the misinformation. In 2017 the The American College of Medical Toxicology and the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology co-published a paper on emergency responders and fentanyl exposure. In it, they state “for opioid toxicity to occur the [fentanyl] must enter the blood and brain from the environment. Toxicity cannot occur from simply being in proximity to the drug.” The myth of accidental fentanyl exposure is usually associated with two methods: inhalation, or physically touching the drug. Both are unlikely. “At the highest airborne concentration encountered by workers, an unprotected individual would require nearly 200 minutes of exposure to reach a dose of 100 mcg of fentanyl,” the above paper said. The addition of masks to the situation — a requirement for all first responders due to the COVID-19 pandemic — makes the possibility of breathing in fentanyl even less likely in this scenario. Furthermore, dermal absorption through the skin “is unlikely to cause opioid toxicity… even a high dose of fentanyl prepared for transdermal administration cannot rapidly deliver a high dose.” Kristen Marshall from the Drug Overdose Prevention and Education (DOPE) Project, tells the Examiner that “Accidental exposure to fentanyl, like touching it or being in the same room as it, does not immediately lead to an overdose. That’s not how drugs work: they’re designed to interact with the body in certain ways, and fentanyl as we know it is not designed for transdermal absorption, and it doesn’t just magically float in the air in critical mass enough to be inhaled.” Science aside, if fentanyl were so easily consumed, why would people smoke or inject it? And wouldn’t we see people collapsing all over the city just from being near fentanyl? The validity of the Golden Gate Bridge story is also contingent on the white powder actually being fentanyl — which as of yet is unproven. As of Tuesday morning, the white powder discovered in the vehicle had not been tested by a toxicologist to determine that it was, in fact, fentanyl. CHP Officer Andrew Barclay told me that “passive tests were done at the scene that don’t give us exact names. There were differing results as to what was in the vehicle.” So if it wasn’t a fentanyl overdose, why did so many people get sick? One common theory is that fentanyl hysteria gives first responders panic attacks. According to an article written by Eliza Wheeler and Savannah O’Neill for the National Harm Reduction Coalition, “Incidents where responders were treated for alleged ‘exposure’ were exhibiting symptoms of what appear to be anxiety or panic: dizziness, rapid heartbeat, sweating, even fainting – which are not symptoms of fentanyl overdose.” Other theories are that first responders are intentionally taking the drugs. It’s also possible the substance found inside the vehicle was a hazardous material other than fentanyl. A recent example of the hysteria over fentanyl exposure in the Bay Area occurred in 2019, when nine sheriff deputies and five inmates at San Francisco’s Hall of Justice were hospitalized after an alleged fentanyl exposure. Each time these stories appear they’re shared widely, and the myths around fentanyl are further perpetuated. This can have long-lasting harmful effects for people who use drugs. If a first responder responding to a drug overdose is terrified of accidentally consuming fentanyl, they may delay or avoid providing life-saving CPR. O’Neill and Wheeler liken the stigma around fentanyl users to that of the HIV epidemic. “We have been here before: In the late 1980s, doctors refused to treat HIV patients out of fear of contracting the disease, even once they knew contagion via casual contact was impossible,” they write. “This shameful history is now mirrored in the reports of cases where first responders are refusing to treat overdosing people before they secure hazmat suits. This is unnecessary, fear-based, and should be considered criminal neglect.” “This feels like just another opportunity for law enforcement to villainize people who use drugs and center themselves as victims of this country’s overdose crisis,” Marshall added. “By continuing to perpetuate this myth that people who use drugs are dangerous to themselves and others, they only contribute to more deaths and suffering.” As part of the effort to educate first responders, Wheeler and Marshall wrote a guide on how to safely respond to fentanyl when it’s encountered. It’s easy to take the information that authorities provide us at face value. But as our nation is slowly becoming more critical of police officers’ accounts — largely in the context of police violence — there must also be a healthy skepticism toward their portrayal of drugs, and the people who use them. RESOURCE LINK Admin Note: Reading the Headline I was curious as to the validity of this story. After reading this article I have come to the conclusion this is like saying "Mostly Peaceful Protests". What is your take away after reading it?
  8. That's Not Many... Sounds Like a Holiday Song! I'm sure there are others having withdrawals. At least list the shows you're looking forward to in 2021. Yes am projecting there will be shows.
  9. I like the Move Over It's The Law Sign because it is more of a directive than a warning.
  10. "how would you approach a driver's reasonable complaint especially when temps surpass 100-degrees?" Many of us old Tow Ops drove enough trucks without A/C, Auto Trans, Power Windows/Locks, etc. I have had times when I have driven a truck a day or two without Air till it could be shopped. At extreme temps drivers begin to stress as they have become adjusted to cooling off in the truck. Without A/C the stress level goes up and productivity goes down. "Does the seat not have enough cushion for your liking??" To be honest a Seat is more important than A/C. I have a pinched nerve in my back and a worn out seat puts me out for a few days. Yes, I have to refuse, it's not an option. But, A/C I can deal with.
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