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  1. Tow truck driver killed on 101 UKIAH, 11/16/19 -- A tow truck driver was killed yesterday when the vehicle he was preparing to load into his flatbed truck rolled over him, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Jesus Hernandez, 47 of Santa Rosa, was loading a disabled pick-up onto his flatbed tow truck, on the shoulder of the northbound lanes of U.S. Route 101 near Comminsky Station Road, yesterday evening. Emergency personnel found the flatbed lower, and the winch attached to the disabled pick-up. Hernandez was found on the ground next to the the pick-up which was in neutral gear, and appeared to have rolled over him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Tor truck driving is among the most dangerous job in America. In fact, only a handful of other professions have a higher fatality rate, those being roofers, pilots and flight engineers, and two other venerable Mendocino professions: fisherman and loggers. Here is the summary of the incident from the CHP: On 11-15-2019, at approximately 1840 hours, the CHP Ukiah Area received a call of a traffic collision on the east shoulder of US-101 near Comminsky Station Road. Upon arrival of emergency personnel, the involved party was pronounced deceased. Preliminary investigations revealed that the tow truck operator (later identified as Jesus Hernandez) was attempting to tow a disabled pickup. The flat bed on the tow truck was lowered and all rear white and yellow lights were activated. The winch on the tow truck was attached to the pickup. Hernandez was on the ground near the front of the pickup. It appears that the pickup, which was in neutral, rolled forward causing fatal injuries to Hernandez. The incident remains under investigation. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor in this collision. CHP RESOURCE LINK
  2. A 54-year-old Gillette man has died from injuries he received in a two-vehicle collision west of Wright, according to the Wyoming Highway Patrol. The crash happened around 9:25 a.m. on Nov. 6 near milepost 47 on Wyoming 50. Sgt. Jeremy Beck says the road was "wet with ice and frost" when Robert Parish lost control of his semi and was struck by a tow truck. Beck says Parish, who was wearing his seat belt, was taken to Regional Health Rapid City Hospital where he died from his injuries two days later. The driver of the tow truck, 42-year-old Louis R. Cordova, of Casper, was taken to Campbell County Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released. RESOURCE LINK
  3. Black bear struck and killed by vehicle in Owen Sound The 250-pound black bear was hit by a truck on a main street inside city limits, police say A 250-pound black bear was struck and killed by a tow truck on a main street in Owen Sound early Thursday morning. Owen Sound police say the incident happened just inside city limits on 16th Street E. at about 2:30 a.m. near a big-box shopping complex. According to police, the vehicle was travelling westbound when it collided with the bear. "When the police arrived on scene, they realized that the bear has succumbed to its injuries as a result of the collision," said Jason Cranny, community service officer for Owen Sound police. Cranny said the bear died on impact. The driver of the vehicle was not injured. City works was called in and had to use a front-end loader to remove the bear from the roadway RESOURCE LINK
  4. Tow truck operator narrowly escapes being hit by careening car on U.S. 75 "If that truck wasn't there I wouldn't have a husband"
  5. TTN Fleet Solutions Leverages Vast Network For Roadside Assistance If a truck in your fleet broke down a long way from home, who would you contact for assistance? Sure, thousands of wrecker companies are ready to help, but how do you know who to trust? TTN Fleet Solutions' network of service providers delivers round-the-clock maintenance and logistics support to carriers in times of trouble. Executive Vice President Tyler Harden detailed those crucial services with FreightWaves CSO John "JT" Engstrom, as part of a series of "Fuller Speed Ahead" episodes at FreightWaves LIVE Chicago. As a third-generation heavy-duty tower, Harden understands the struggles truckers face on a daily basis. He made his industry debut at an early age, working for his family's business, Jim's Towing Service in Bakersfield, California, where he rose to the rank of vice president. TTN strives to "be the company your drivers want you to be" by being readily available day or night to fix breakdowns and keep its customers moving. They provide 24/7 emergency roadside assistance, towing and accident management, as well as scheduled and preventative maintenance for fleets of all sizes, according to TTN. Drivers facing mechanical issues rely on TTN's call center staff of service experts for technical advice and assistance. TTN manages half a million repair events annually and says its customers save 15-27% on maintenance and repair services. Yet TTN owns no wreckers. Instead, it partners with a broad network of highly qualified wrecking companies across the U.S. and Canada so customers can rest easy knowing a trusted TTN service provider is never too far to help. "We mold ourselves to be whatever our clients are looking for by running their maintenance plan," Harden said. "We're small, agile and flexible enough that we can fill in the gaps. That's the magic of what we do." TTN has been a cloud-based service since the company's founding 10 years ago, according to Harden. He told FreightWaves exclusively that TTN plans to release its Service Plus platform, which aims to further understand the wants and needs of its customers to better work with them. "Right now, we ask quite a few questions about our service providers, but we're actually moving into now ‘What else do you do? What else do you want to do? What are the other opportunities that we can work together on?" Harden said. The platform is still in testing, but Harden expects a forward-facing user interface will be released soon. RESOURCE LINK
  6. A Statement Posted by the Tow Company on the Citizens Towing & Impound FB Page: We lost a wonderful friend and employee yesterday. We will miss your footstep, your laughter, your talent, your energy, your skill, your humor, your kindness. You had it all. You were a good man Casey Marston. Tow truck driver killed in crash near Woodland, CA A tow truck driver was killed in a collision with an SUV Tuesday afternoon on Highway 16, west of Woodland, according to the California Highway Patrol. A Davis woman driving a Subaru SUV south on County Road 94B stopped at a stop sign before attempting to cross Highway 16 around 4 p.m. The tow truck driver, a Woodland man traveling eastbound on the highway, was unable to stop or avoid the Subaru, which clipped the left rear end of the tow truck, according to a news release by the CHP Woodland office. The collision sent the tow truck off the road and down a ditch, where it overturned and came to rest on its roof, according to the CHP’s collision report. The tow truck driver suffered fatal injuries, while the Subaru driver sustained minor injuries and was not transported to a hospital, the news release said. The Name of the Tow Truck Driver has not been released. BE AWARE THIS NEWS LINK MAY HAVE ISSUES: RESOURCE LINK
  7. CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Accused drunk driver nearly hits tow truck driver, flips in the air LANCASTER, N.Y. (WKBW) — It started as a routine towing job for Michael Haefner early Monday morning. He was helping a stranded motorist on I-90 as part of a routine towing job for his job with Rusiniak's. As he was securing the car to the bed of the truck, he noticed a driver moving into his lane. Quickly thinking, Haefner jumped out of the way, right before the driver of the vehicle hit the bed of his tow truck and flipped in the air, crashing in the middle of the thruway. No one was hurt, but the incident was caught on camera by Rusiniak's dash cam. 7 Eyewitness News has learned through New York State Police the driver of the car, 42-year-old Keith Naylor has been charged with DWI, open containers in the vehicle and the move over law. Police say Naylor had a previous DWI conviction within the last ten years. RESOURCE LINK with video
  8. Officials urge drivers to remember Move Over Law https://www.wabi.tv/content/news/Officials-urge-drivers-to-use-caution-on-the-interstate--564826312.html
  9. First responders in Maine talk of near misses and being hit by distracted drivers As Police Officers, Firefighters, Tow Truck Operators gather to share stories of close calls or being injured in an effort to get drivers to pay attention.
  10. LONG BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- Power was knocked out to homes after a tow truck in Long Beach hit multiple light and power poles, sending power lines falling to the street Sunday evening, police said. The crash happened at about 6:11 p.m. near Bloomfield and Littlefield streets near the border of Los Alamitos and Cypress, according to Southern California Edison. The driver told police he fell asleep at the wheel and officers discovered he had an outstanding felony warrant. He was arrested without incident and taken to a hospital to be evaluated. The driver hit two light poles and two power poles, knocking out power to about 191 customers in the area at the time, police said. No other injuries were reported. SoCal Edison was working on restoring power. RESOURCE LINK with video
  11. Police have found the SUV that Struck and Killed David Alvarez then left the scene.
  12. Police Locate Vehicle Involved In Fatal Crash Of Tow Truck Driver David Alvarez In Prince George’s County TEMPLE HILLS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland State Police have found the vehicle involved in the fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a tow truck driver last week in Prince George’s County. Police believe the vehicle involved is a 2004 white Cadillac Escalade. It was found at Maryland Route 3 and Route 175 in Gambrills in Anne Arundel County Sunday afternoon. The driver’s identity is pending further investigation, police said. The victim is David Reinerio Pineda Alvarez, 63, of Washington, D.C. He was declared dead on the scene by Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. He was a tow truck operator who was helping a disabled vehicle on the shoulder of the road when he was fatally hit. Alvarez was exiting his vehicle and walking up to the vehicle with the flat tire, which was on the shoulder of the road near Branch Avenue and Coventry Way in Temple Hills, when a driver hit the disabled vehicle, Alvarez and possibly the tow truck, police said. The tow truck had its lights flashing and was on the shoulder of the road at the time of the crash, police said. RESOURCE LINK RESOURCE LINK
  13. CHESTERFIELD, Va. - A tow truck was called to the scene of a Tractor-Trailer crash which occurred early Friday Nov. 8, 2019. But the tow truck flipped over when trying to get the tractor-trailer upright. No further details.
  14. Investigators want anyone who has used AAA Roadside Assistance in Atlantic or Cape May counties since 2016 to report suspicious credit card activity to police following the arrests of three people allegedly involved in an identity theft operation. Atlantic City Police say the scheme began with a tow truck driver who stole credit card information from roadside assistance customers he helped in those counties. City Wide Towing contacted police in September to report that the employee, William Reyes, 44, of Atlantic City, was allegedly taking personal information from AAA customers and using it to make purchases on their credit cards and to create fake online accounts. City Wide fired Reyes. Police identified at least 20 victims of the scheme and say Reyes used the stolen information to purchase clothing, shoes, jewelry and car parts. They also said they had identified two local homes where the fraudulent purchases were being delivered. Police executed a search warrant at a Kentucky Avenue home on Thursday and arrested Reyes and Elizabeth Cruz, 47, of Atlantic City. Officers recovered some of the items allegedly purchased through the scheme at that house. At a residence on Federal Court in Galloway Township, they arrested Alexander Rosario, 39, and recovered more of the purchases, along with 115 grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and more than $22,000 in cash. Reyes was charged with identity theft, credit card theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, conspiracy and money laundering. RESOURCE LINK
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