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  1. Tow truck driver injured in hit-and-run; Pittsfield Twp. police looking for suspect PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A tow truck driver was injured in a hit-and-run Sunday morning after assisting a disabled vehicle in Pittsfield Township, police said. The 37-year-old male, a Pittsfield Township resident, was returning to his tow truck after assisting the vehicle on northbound State Road when he was struck and fell to the ground, according to investigators. The worker was wearing a reflective safety vest and the tow truck's emergency lights were activated when he was hit, police said. The disabled vehicle had already left the scene. An uninvolved motorist came upon the tow truck driver and called 911, according to investigators. The man was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. The vehicle that struck the worker was described as an older sedan with possible damage to the front end, passengers side and windshield. Investigators said it may have been from the Saline area. Anyone who witnessed the crash or may have information on the suspect is asked to contact Pittsfield Police at 734-822-4911. An investigation is ongoing. RESOURCE LINK
  2. Two drivers street racing cause fiery crash on Indy’s west side, tow truck destroyed INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Two people are under arrest and charged with criminal recklessness after police say they were street racing and caused a fiery crash, involving an innocent bystander. The crash occurred around 11:30 p.m. in the 6700 block of Rockville Road. Police tell us a Ford and a Pontiac were street racing on Rockville Road near Girls School Road when they came across a wrecker. The wrecker had all of its lights on. The Ford bypassed the wrecker, but the Pontiac collided with it, and it became fully engulfed in fire. The force of that crash slammed the wrecker off the road and into a tree. It also burst into flames. “The tree was able to take the impact so that the house didn’t get involved – very fortunately that tree was there – it was a huge evergreen tree. It had flames all the way up it,” IMPD Cpt. Robert Troutt said. All occupants of the vehicles involved managed to escape. One of the drivers was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. Police are investigating as to whether alcohol played a role in the incident A juvenile was involved, but it’s unclear at this time what role the juvenile played in the crash. RESOURCE LINK with images
  3. UPDATE 09/12/18: Trevor A Haas of American pride towing lost his battle for life. He was hurt badly while working on his roll back. He leaves behind a Wife and 7 Children. American Pride Towing Owner Crushed Under Truck, Condition Critical Freeport, Illinois — Sept. 7th at 1:34 this afternoon Alber Towing announced on their Facebook page that they are asking the community to send prayers, as the owner of American Pride Towing is said to have been crushed underneath his truck. Trevor A. Haas was reportedly working on his truck this morning when, due to unknown circumstances this time, his tow truck fell on him. According to a GoFundMe page that has been established, Trevor crushed both sides of his skull while he was working on one of his tow trucks. He is currently at Mercyhealth listed in critical condition. Trevor and his wife Jennifer have 7 children, 3 younger ones still living at home. Please send your thoughts and prayers to the family. UPDATE: 9-9-2018 at 4:28 p.m. – According to the Pride strong For Trevor Haas And Family page, Trevor will succumb to his devastating injuries. Trevor’s sister Lisa says he was trying to fight but the brain injury was just to severe. UPDATE: A page has been created by the family to post updates. At 9:05 a.m. on Sunday the family posted that at the moment Trevor is stable but is still listed in critical condition. UPDATE: 9-8-2018 at around 3:15 a.m.. Trevor’s wife Jennifer told us in an email she is having to take time off from work and is asking the community if they can help with dog food and cat and pig food. The family also needs help with pull ups and wipes size 3t-4t for their youngest child, who will turn two on Friday. UPDATE: 9-8-2018 at around 9:00 p.m. Haas’ nephew stated that Haas was working under his flatbed truck when the flatbed platform came down on him and he was pinned between the platform and frame of the truck. Haas’ nephew stated that people from Shabbons, the floral shop, and diamond brothers insurance all ran to help rescue him. “Some were covered in blood and it was a terrifying scene for all involved. Today the Critical care Dr said that he will not survive this accident, if for some reason he survives it would have to be a miracle and he would never be the same again.” Haas’ nephew stated that Trevor has severe injuries, as his skull was crushed along with his chest and several other injuries. He’s still alive and on life support. RESOURCE LINK
  4. Minutes after midnight on Oct. 6, 1934, garage mechanic Kenneth Ray Davis pulled to the side of Mangrove Avenue and positioned his tow truck to haul away a vehicle that had crashed into a fence surrounding an almond orchard across the road from the Chico Cemetery. He’d been summoned by California Highway Patrolman William R. McDaniel to clear the wreck left by Nick Turchinetz—a local jeweler and ex-convict known to authorities for his predilection for hard drink and penchant for violence. As Davis set about hooking the vehicle to his truck, his work illuminated by a hand-held flashlight and the emergency beacon mounted on Officer McDaniel’s patrol motorcycle, the sound of gunfire erupted from within the dark orchard. The first bullet—fired by Turchinetz, who’d left the accident scene to fetch a rifle from his nearby home and returned to ambush the pair—struck Davis, with a subsequent shot hitting McDaniel. READ MORE: About the First Recorded Tow Truck Operator Killed in the Line of Duty. NOTE: The Towing & Recovery Industry owes Randall Resch a debt of gratitude for the detailed research. Kenneth Ray Davis will not be forgotten and we have Mr. Resch to thank for his diligence and time to bring us this tragic story that nearly went unheard. Written by Ken Smith and researched by Randall Resch. This Article was published on 09.06.18
  5. BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- A La Crosse man convicted in the death of a tow truck driver was back in court Thursday, asking for a new trial. It happened in 2014 along I-94 in Jackson County when a vehicle driven by Steven Dolan hit and killed Nathan Walsh. Walsh was on the side of the road loading a car onto his tow truck. In November 2015, a jury found Dolan guilty of homicide by negligent use of a vehicle. A judge ordered Dolan to spend five years on probation and report to jail for up to two weeks during each year of the five-year-term. Dolan is claiming his lawyer didn't do a good job representing him during the first trial because he didn't bring up that Dolan was on medication when the crash happened, which is what Dolan says may have caused the crash. Thursday, the court denied the motion for post-conviction relief. RESOURCE LINK with images
  6. SkyTrak7 is on the scene of a 3-vehicle accident involving a cement truck, tow truck and tanker truck (believed to be empty) on southbound Route 301 south of MD-4 in Upper Marlboro, according to Maryland State Police.
  7. Aug 29, 2018--While many drivers know to change lanes when a police cruiser or ambulance is stopped along a roadway, fewer of them know that tow trucks, too, are among the emergency vehicles that require drivers to ‘move over.’ According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, all 50 states have some form of Move Over Law that directs drivers to change lanes in order to move away from emergency vehicles with visual signals such as flashing lights; drivers are to slow down if there is no other lane available. Still, towing associations across the country are finding that many motorists don’t know the law applies to tow trucks as well. Such unawareness can have tragic consequences. Between 50 and 100 tow truck operators lose their lives each year in roadside accidents, the Towing & Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum estimates. The Towing and Recovery Association of America and state towing groups have embarked on a campaign to educate drivers about the importance of moving over. Last October, awareness events were held across the country as part of the first-ever National Move Over Day. Assistant Vice President John Little oversees GEICO ’s Emergency Roadside Service, and he knows the dangers tow truck drivers face on the job each day. “Tow truck drivers and all emergency vehicle personnel want to do their jobs safely and go home to their loved-ones at the end of the day; we can all help them do that by obeying Move Over Laws and driving distraction-free,” Little said.
  8. A car plunged into a Palmer Township pond Wednesday afternoon 9/29/18 after it snapped free from a tow truck that was about to deliver it to its new owner, police said. No one was injured in the 6:12 p.m. mishap at 3600 Corrier Road, but the older model BMW sport utility vehicle may have some water damage, police said. “The tow company was putting the car on the back of a flatbed,” township police Sgt. Tom Vogel said. “They were reeling the car up and the chain broke and, when the chain broke, the car rolled down the hill and into the retention pond.” The car’s new owner appears to have bought it from someone at Palmer View Apartments and, even before the pond accident, planned to make repairs to the vehicle, Vogel said. It might take a little longer to get it running now, he said. “The water was half-way up the door,” he said. “It was down a steep embankment.” The same tow company that lost the car later pulled it out of the pond, Vogel said. RESOURCE LINK
  9. WESTMINSTER, MASS. (WHDH) - A tow truck burst into flames in Westminster late Monday night. A fire sparked on Knower Road just after 11 p.m., fully engulfing the truck. The local tow truck driver was passing through town after towing a vehicle when it caught on fire, police said. The driver was able to safely turn the truck off before firefighters arrived to extinguish the flames. Police say no one was injured. RESOURCE LINK With Video
  10. LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3)– Authorities have busted a moonshine operation in a tow truck company building in Louisville. The business looks like it’s all closed up with black sheets covering the windows, but Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) officers say this operation was anything but dead. Inside they found moonshine in all different stages of production. Some was finished and ready to go, while some was still being made. The owner of the building, Sherman Lloyd Owen, has been charged. His business is registered out of Shepherdsville, called “Artisan Resources.” Their website says they advise the small distilling industry, and that they’ve helped more than 50 distilleries become operational. RESOURCE LINK
  11. Seeking Access for this article. If anyone watching this topic can add the copy it would be appreciated. A request has been made to the writer. https://www.dailyadvertiser.com.au/news/local-news/5618022/new-road-rule-for-emergencies-lack-protection-tow-truck-operators/ tow-truck operators say a new road rule to improve safety around emergency personnel needs to also encompass non-emergency vehicles attending incidents https://twitter.com/tobyvue
  12. Lake Illawarra police have issued a string of defect notices during a surprise blitz on area tow truck drivers. The tickets included a serious defect for one towie allegedly caught with a non-compliant speed limiter. Authorities will allege the limiter had been altered to allow the truck to accelerate beyond the legislated 100km/h limit to 109.5km/h. The five-hour blitz – Operation Lift – saw 18 tow truck and two heavy vehicle drivers pulled over for roadside drug and alcohol tests, then directed to Unandera for surprise vehicle inspections. Police also identified 18 breaches, including a driver whose tow truck license had expired. The checks led to an audit at an area business, where another four record-keeping breaches were identified. Senior Sergeant Andrew Palmowski said the operation was a pro-active effort by area police. “There hasn’t been a tow truck operation in the Illawarra for a number of years,” he said. “It puts everyone on notice – it doesn’t matter what you drive, we’ve now done it once and we’ll do it again. “We all share the roads and obviously we need to be mindful that that heavy vehicles take longer to stop and can cause more carnage.” The blitz was a joint effort by Roads and Maritime Services, NSW Police and NSW Fair Trading. A RMS spokesman said the operation was intended to check tow truck drivers are correctly licensed and vehicles compliant with the Tow Truck Industry Act and relevant safety regulations. RESOURCE LINK with images
  13. Four hospitalized, one critical, in 11-car crash on I-65 An 11-vehicle crash on I-65 ended up with four people being hospitalized Saturday night, and the southbound lanes being out of commission for hours. According to the Indiana State Police, the crash happened shortly before 11 p.m. on I-65 southbound, near Whiteland Road. First responders on the scene reported the crash involved multiple vehicles and several injuries. "As police and medical personnel sorted through the crash, it was determined a total of four people were in need of medical evaluation, one patient was in critical condition and a medical helicopter was summoned to the scene," Sgt. John Perrine said in a statement. Perrine added that three others patients were taken to local hospitals by ambulance for treatment of non life-threatening injuries. Preliminary investigation indicates that a tow truck was slowing in the left lane to remove an abandoned vehicle from the left shoulder. A black pickup truck collided with the tow truck as it slowed, police said. A third vehicle rear ended the pickup, causing it to spin and come to rest in the road, police said. The pickup was then struck again by a box truck. "There were only four vehicles involved in the collision; however several other vehicles struck debris in the roadway causing damage," Perrine said in a statement. "The driver of the pickup was flown to Methodist Hospital in critical condition. He is expected to survive." The crash left the southbound lanes of I-65 close for three hours, police said. The incident remains under investigation. RESOURCE LINK
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