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  1. Tow truck driver fighting for life after hit-and-run crash on I-95 (Source: NBC12 Viewer) April 20, 2019 at 9:37 PM EDT - Updated April 20 at 9:37 PM HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State Police are investigating after a tow truck driver was hit by a vehicle on Interstate 95 in Henrico. Police were called to I-95 northbound, north of Parham Road, around 5:22 p.m. on Saturday. The wrecker driver was assisting a disabled RV on the right shoulder of the road when he was struck by a vehicle, police said. The vehicle that hit him did not stop, and may have continued northbound on I-95 or taken the Interstate 295 exit. Police said the striking vehicle, which is unknown at this time, may have been damaged on the front right portion of the vehicle. The tow truck driver was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Virginia State Police are asking anyone with information to call (804)553-3445 or #77 on a cell phone or by email at questions@vsp.virginia.gov. RESOURCE LINK UPDATED 04.21.19: RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia State Troopers are asking for the public’s help in catching the driver who struck a tow truck driver that was servicing a disabled RV on Saturday evening. State Police say it happened around 5:20 p.m. along I-95 north in Henrico. The victim was assisting a disabled RV parked on the right shoulder when he was hit. Police add that the driver kept going along I-95 or perhaps to the exit to I-295. “Just keep looking over your shoulder, watching your back," said Rufus Pittman, a Richmond mechanic who also has experience assisting other drivers on the side of the road. He says it’s scary working so close to danger with drivers passing by at such high speeds, and that everyone on the road needs to do their part. “The driver should feel remorseful, but people in general need to watch out when they’re driving," he said. According to the victim’s brother, he is in the intensive care around 1 a.m. Sunday, and he is very stable. He adds that his brother suffered multiple fractures, is bleeding in his brain and that almost every bone on the right side of the victim’s body is broken. Friends and family have been posting updates on the man’s condition on social media, stating that he can move his fingers and is somewhat responsive. Pittman hopes that incidents like these will serve as a reminder for people on the road to stay alert. “There’s a man not going home to his family at night," Pittman said. State Police area asking for anyone with information to the crash to call them at 553-3445. RESOURCE LINK with video
  2. Tow truck driver critically injured in I-95 hit-and-run crash HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — State police are asking for the public’s help in a hit-and-run crash along Interstate 95 in Henrico County Saturday evening that critically injured a tow truck driver. Troopers were called to the crash along northbound I-95 north of the Parham Road just after 5:20 p.m., according to Sgt. Keeli L. Hill with Virginia State Police. “The preliminary investigation reveals that the wrecker driver was assisting a disabled 2019 Newmar RV located on the right shoulder when he was struck by a vehicle,” Hill said. “The striking vehicle did not stop and may have continued northbound I-95 or took the exit to I-295.” Scene of I-95 hit-and-run crash Officials said that vehicle, of which there is no description, may have damage to its right front side. The tow truck driver was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, Hill said. Officials said the crash is being investigated with the help of the Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction team and the Bureau of Criminal Investigations Richmond Field office. If you have information that could help investigators, call Virginia State Police at 804-553-3445 or #77 by cell or email questions@vsp.virginia.gov. RESOURCE LINK
  3. TRAA’s Award Ceremony was held during the Annual General Membership Meeting this year in Florida. Congratulations to this year’s award recipients: Jame Jennings,, Steve Palmer, Brian J. Riker, Gay Rochester, Geri Roskopf, John Borowski, Byron Harris, Kyle Herring, and Lee Roberts! TRAA sent a Thank You to each for their time and talents moving the industry forward. Note: Many of these industry professionals are members of Towing Information Network. If anyone has an image taken of this award recipients at the event please add them or send them to the TowForce Administrator. Thanks
  4. Joanne Blyton of Billings Towing & Recovery, Montana, has been elected 2019 TRAA President. Joanne is the first woman to hold this position in 40 years. A long time member of Tow411 and now TowForce, member name "speedracer". Join us as we send our congratulations on a rise to the top, for a woman who truly earned it. TRAA "Towing & Recovery Association of America Tow411 - "Towing Information Network" Her Candidate Bio is available online at http://traaonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Joanne-Blyton.pdf
  5. WEST BRUNSWICK TWP., Pa. Fatal crash reported in Schuylkill County A portion of Route 61 remains closed as investigators look into the cause of the three-vehicle crash. At least one person was killed Monday night in a crash in Schuylkill County just north of the Berks County line, according to officials. Crews were dispatched at 7 p.m. to the intersection of Route 61 (Centre Turnpike) and Route 895 (Summer Valley Road) in Molino for the report of a vehicle accident with entrapment. Initial reports indicated at least three vehicles were involved in the crash, including a flat-bed tow truck that came to a stop on the concrete median. Officials from the Schuylkill County coroner's office were dispatched to the crash. The southbound lanes of Route 61 were closed while the northbound lanes remained open. State troopers from the Schuylkill Haven station were at the scene investigating the crash.
  6. The winners of the 2019 Florida Tow Show Beauty Contest are in! ......................... CLASS A 1st Place: Jonny’s Towing & Recovery Unit# 46 Yorkville, IL. 2nd Place: Tommy’s Towing Unit # 007 Bluffton, SC. 3rd Place: Stooksburys Towing Unit# 1 Sevierville, TN. ROLLBACK 1st Place: Cooters Transport & Towing Unit# C-01 Cocoa, FL. 2nd Place: Stranded Towing Unit# 007 IN. CLASS B 3rd Place: Jinks Towing & Recovery Unit # 01 Midlothian, VA. 2nd Place: Sister’s Towing Unit #545 West Palm Beach, FL. 1st Place: Goodyear Towing Enterprise, AL CLASS C 2nd Place: ABC Towing Inc. Unit # 114 Trussville, AL. 1st Place: Redman Fleet Services Unit # 74 Lorton, VA. CLASS D 1st Place: Eli Towing & Transport Unit # 05 Davenport, FL. 2nd Place: Stepps Towing Unit # 370 Tampa, FL. 3rd Place: Stepps Towing Unit # 500 Tampa, FL. GRAND CHAMPION Waggy’s Towing & Truck Service Unit # R85 Manassas, VA. PEOPLES CHOICE Cooter’s Towing & Recovery Unit # C-01 Cocoa, FL. Congratulations to all the winners! We will be working to add images. If you have images please add them to this topic. Thanks https://www.towforce.net/topic/5383-eli-towing-florida-tow-show-interview/
  7. A post on FB satated Bob "Schmitty" Schmidt had another Appointment with his Cardiologist this past Tuesday. They changed alot of his meds and his heart is still weak. The Dr.'s don't know if his heart went weak because he went into A-Fib (Irregular Heart Beat) or he went into A-Fib because his heart went weak? Was there possibly an ACUTE VIRAL INFECTION? The Dr.s cannot give us a definable answer. He goes in this Friday to have a Cardio-Version (this is where they SHOCK your heart into rhythm). So those of you that DOUBT this Man had a Mild Heart Attack---Shame ON YOU! He has dedicated his LIFE to the TOWING INDUSTRY and if he wanted this time off work--don't you think he would be in Florida at the Tow Show---NO---He is HOME RECOVERING!! Have any Doubts I will be Happy to connect you with his Cardiologist! Stop questioning his INTEGRITY!! Bob "Schmitty" Schmidt - Heavy Duty Operator Rich's Towing and Service Inc. 20531 First Ave. Middleburg Hts. OH 44130 440-234-3435 www.richstowing.net NOTE: Schmitty60 was a member on Tow411 with more than 100 posts. Though we have not heard from this member is sometime our thoughts 7 prayers go out to a fellow tower. If anyone has any information or can contact Schmitty to respond. Interacting during any rehab can be therapeutic.
  8. Kevin Wayne “Butch” Shade Sr., 56, of Martinsburg, WV, passed away Friday, April 12, 2019, at his home. Born Tuesday, March 26, 1963, in Martinsburg, he was the son of Robert E. Shade and Betty Shearer (Raymond). Kevin was a tow truck driver for Wrenches and Wreckers Towing. He was a member of the Hagerstown Speedway, Clear Spring Fire Department and South Berkeley Fire Department. He attended Gateway Church. He loved racing and hunting. In addition to his mother, Kevin is survived by his three brothers, Robert Shade, Richard (Charles Harris) Pearrell and Brian (Peggy) Pearrell; two sisters, Betty (Jay) Schaumleffel and Barbara (Paul) Brunner; daughter, Michele (Thomas) Angelos; three sons, Dwayne (Angel) Shade, Devin Shade and Kevin Shade Jr.; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Services will be held Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown, MD, with Pastor James Caldwell officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home Tuesday, April 16, 2019, from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment will be in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to gf.me/u/r5pfyg. Online condolences may be expressed at www.douglasfiery.com. RESOURCE LINK
  9. The Survivor Funds sent out a Thank You to all the Sponsors. Thanking them for all their support and an outstanding job this week raising over $15,000.00 for the Survivor Fund in Florida. The Survivor Fund also sent a thank you to all the towers and players who turned out to support this great event! TomTom Telematics added: Survivor Golf Tournament at Florida Tow Show. In honor to the families of our towers who have lost their lives during service. Special thanks to @usac/md and our sponsor for making this event possible.
  10. Details are pending, Driver is said to be in Hospital with non life threatening injuries, status is pending. Ant's Towing & Recovery
  11. Tow truck driver causes serious crash by backing up on highway CTV Montreal Published Tuesday, April 9, 2019 7:49AM EDT The driver of a car was seriously injured Tuesday morning when a tow truck driver decided to back up on the Ville Marie Expressway. According to police the driver of the tow truck was heading east on Route 136 when they missed the exit for Guy St. Instead of legally and sensibly driving to the next exit and finding a way back, the tow truck driver inexplicably decided to back up his vehicle. A passenger in the tow truck even got out and walked along the roadway while the truck was reversing along the highway. Just before 3 a.m. the driver of a car heading east smashed into the back of the tow truck. The driver of the car was seriously hurt and was rushed to hospital. They are expected to survive but the full extent of their injuries is not known. Police have yet to recommend criminal charges against the truck driver. Two lanes of the highway were closed until 5 a.m. RESOURCE LINK with video
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  13. Emergency Responder Safety Institute Jack Sullivan speaking on behalf of the Emergency Responder Safety Institute and ResponderSafety.com at the Miami (FL) Fire-Rescue press conference Wednesday morning to promote Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The event was held to unveil some disturbing responses gathered in a survey of 2,000 drivers across the country about distracted driving and #MoveOver laws. Thanks to Miami Fire-Rescue for hosting the event and partnering with @ResponderSafety.com and the @National Safety Council. Learn more about the survey results at: Disturbing survey responses from Drivers! https://lnkd.in/eus3PZB Emergency responder training for roadway incident safety is readily available to all at www.rsln.org
  14. Owner hopes to move into new location in June DIXON – A former grocery store that at idle for almost a year will get new life, likely starting in June. Jon Setchell and his wife, Aubrey, who own Autodoc Inc., bought the former Dixon Food Center at 500 Chicago Ave. for $210,000; they plan to move their business there. “It’s only two blocks away, so it shouldn’t be bad to move everything,” Setchell said. “I saw the ‘for sale’ sign and called that morning. The price was good and I made an offer and had it under contract that night.” Setchell has been in business 2 years at the current shop at 804 Franklin Grove Road. The space is small, though, and the former grocery store building is huge, giving his business room to expand, he said. “It’s pretty big in there. I plan to fix cars in one section and have inside storage for winter in another section for cars and boats and things like that.” Setchell is navigating the zoning process to gain city approval for the move, but once that is completed, work will begin to give the building a makeover. “After June 3, we should be all clear and then we will go in and fix stuff up,” he said. “We will do some outside reconstruction to make it look better. We don’t have to do a whole lot to the building but put in a garage door. We’ll do a thorough cleaning, too.” He also has some big plans for customers in mind. “I’ve got plans for an inside waiting room with video games for the kids they can play while their parents are there getting their vehicles serviced,” Setchell said. “I want to add another waiting room with a TV area, too.” He plans to sell the current Autodoc building and use those proceeds to improve the new location. “After we sell the current building we will have some money for the new place and will sealcoat the driveway and update the building,” he said. With all of the extra space, he can add some more lift racks and at some point in the future hopefully hire more people, Setchell said. He also wants to add another service that he could not do before. “Maybe get a new tow truck and start a towing business, because at the current location it’s so small we can’t do it here.” He plans a grand opening celebration and perhaps a car show once everything is cleaned up and all of the equipment is moved in. Although there are a lot of details involved in a purchase and move, Setchell said it’s great to have an opportunity to expand the business like this, he said. RESOURCE LINK
  15. KUANTAN, April 8 (Bernama) -- Two men were killed and another was injured when a truck towing a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) rammed into the rear of a lorry at KM 222.5 of the East Coast Expressway 1 (LPT1) near here this morning. Pahang Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department chief Supt Kamarulzaman Jusoh said the tow-truck driver Muhammad Asrul Yatim, 22, and truck attendant Lum Wai Kit, 22, both from Selangor died at the scene in the 9.30am incident. "Preliminary investigations found that the tow-truck was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan when it hit the rear of the Mitsubishi Fuso truck which had broken down and was parked on the emergency lane. ..... RESOURCE LINK KUANTAN: Two men were killed and another was injured when a truck towing a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) rammed into the rear of a lorry at KM222.5 of the East Coast Expressway 1 (LPT1) near here this morning. Pahang Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department chief Supt Kamarulzaman Jusoh said the tow truck driver Muhammad Asrul Yatim, 22, and truck attendant Lum Wai Kit, 22, both from Selangor died at the scene in the 9.30am incident. “Preliminary investigations found that the tow truck was traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kuantan when it hit the rear of the Mitsubishi Fuso truck which had broken down and was parked in the emergency lane. Due to the impact of the collision the tow truck driver and attendant were pinned to their seats, while the driver of the Toyota Avanza MPV who was in the vehicle, Mohd Zailani bin Md Dak, 41, suffered thigh injuries,” he said when contacted today. Kamarulzaman added that the driver and passenger of the truck laden with pineapple suckers were unhurt. He said the bodies of the two victims were taken to the Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital for post-mortem adding that the accident had occurred on a dry and level stretch of the highway. The case is being investigated under Section 41 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987. - Bernama RESOURCE LINK
  16. A Tow Operator for Deal Wrecker out of Lindsay, Oklahoma was injured while on a call. Dathel Deal said his driver is doing better! In a lot of pain but so thankful he is still with us! The person that hit him never slowed down or stopped. They ran over his foot and clipped the bed of the truck while he was loading a car on H.E Bailey turnpike. Big thanks for OHP and medics arriving on scene quickly. That’s one of the worst calls you can get being an owner! Please keep my driver in your thoughts and prayers!
  17. Hillside auto and V Trans at touch a truck in springfield Vermont today promoting slow down move over
  18. Driver who hit tow truck, which caused operator to lose leg, was 3 times over the legal limit, Fairview Park Police say Tow truck driver lost his leg in the crash FAIRVIEW PARK, OH (WOIO) - Police said the driver who hit a tow truck, causing the tow truck operator to lose his leg, was three times over the legal limit. Fairview Park police said the 35-year-old Cleveland man had a BAC of .255. The legal limit is .08. The accident happened around 4 a.m. on March 18 at Lorain Road and West 204th Street. According to police, the driver was going 66 mph in a 35 mph zone when he hit the tow truck, causing it to fall on top of Ronald Urbanksy, 53. Urbanksy was in the process of towing a vehicle that was impounded after an unrelated traffic stop. The impact of the crash caused the tow truck to fall on top of him, pinning him underneath. Urbanksy continues to recover from the crash. He works for Patton’s Five Star Towing and they are accepting donations on his behalf at their office, 29700 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, Ohio, 44070. Police said charges are pending against the driver and the case has been bound over to the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury. Police added the driver remains in the hospital. RESOURCE LINK
  19. PRESS RELEASE: 2019 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED BY I.T.R.H.F.M. CHATTANOOGA, TN, April 3, 2019 — The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum today announced that it has completed the selection process for induction into the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame as the Class of 2019. John Coupland (Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom), Michael Cherry (Land O’Lakes, FL), Jamie Davis (Hope, British Columbia, Canada), George Kuntz (Bismarck, ND), Glenn Landau (Daytona Beach, FL), Quinn Piening (Fremont, CA), Perry Shusta (Antioch, CA) were nominated by members of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum for their many contributions to the towing and recovery industry, their families and communities. “Our Hall of Fame is not about single events or simply participating but is instead about celebrating those who have worked hard to support and grow our industry’s professionalism,” said Bill Gratzianna, President of the International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum. “This year’s group of inductees is no exception in their work on behalf of the industry and their leadership inside and outside of the industry.” The Class of 2019, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, in a ceremony to be held at 6pm on October 12th, 2019 at the Chattanoogan Hotel in Chattanooga, TN. A full weekend of activities will be held to celebrate this year’s inductees. For more information on the induction ceremony, or to order tickets, contact the museum at 423-267-3132 or visit them on the internet at towingmuseum.com. About ITRHFM The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Chattanooga, TN, houses an array of displays and exhibits showcasing the history of towing and recovery. The rotating collection includes early equipment by Manley, Holmes, Vulcan, and Weaver. The Hall of Fame honors individuals who have significantly advanced the industry. The Museum includes a theater, a library, and a gift shop selling souvenirs related to the towing industry. On the outside grounds is the Wall of the Fallen memorial, dedicated to towers who died in the line of service. The ITRHFM Survivor Fund assists the families of the men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of service by providing a uniform financial gift at the time of their loss. ITRHFM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and accepts donations for its programs and operations from individuals, corporations and groups. Learn more at www.towingmuseum.com. Congratulations to the 2019 Hall of Fame Class!
  20. Five fire departments are at the scene. ORANGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Crews from five fire departments are battling a large business fire south of Ionia. It’s happening along Grand River Avenue in Orange Township; photos from passersby show the business is Reed & Hoppes Towing & Equipment. There are no reports of injuries. A Reed & Hoppes employee said all workers are accounted for and unharmed. The worker didn’t know what sparked the fire. Ionia County dispatchers say the call came in around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. There are no fire hydrants nearby, so crews are going to nearby Portland to fill tanker trucks. Grand River Avenue is shut down between Kelsey and Sunfield highways. This isn’t Reed & Hoppes’ first big fire. In March 2014, the tow company lost some heavy equipment when a building caught fire. RESOURCE LINK
  21. While this was certainly a bizarre and unfortunate tragic accident. The Number of State Troopers and Law Enforcement Officers being Killed or Injured when struck by other vehicles is now surpassing Tow Operators Struck. ---------------------- Maine state trooper killed in 'bizarre' accident along I-95 Maine State Police Det. Benjamin Campbell was out of his cruiser helping a car along I-95 when two wheels separated from a tractor-trailer truck, one hitting him in the break down lane. HAMPDEN, Maine — A state trooper was struck and killed Wednesday morning in a crash along I-95 in Hampden. Det. Benjamin Campbell was out of his cruiser helping a disabled car along I-95 when the accident occurred, according to Maine Public Safety spokesperson Steve McCausland. Around 7:30 a.m. south of the Coldbrook Road overpass, two wheels separated from a tractor-trailer truck driving by Det. Campbell and the disabled car he was assisting. One of the wheels landed in the median, but the other struck Campbell in the break down lane. Det. Campbell suffered severe injuries as a result of the impact. Despite treatment from multiple units on scene, Campbell succumbed to his injuries. He was taken by ambulance to Eastern Maine Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Det. Campbell would have been 32 years old on Monday. Police say the driver of the tractor-trailer truck did stop after passing. He was identified as Scott Willett, 52, of Patten. Willett was given a procedure blood test, but the results have not yet been released. Col. Cote said the timing of the wheels separating from the tractor-trailer was "bizarre" and has left the entire department shaking their heads. "Det. Campbell was one of our very best and well-liked," Col. Cote said through tears during a press conference. "This is going to be a loss." Det. Campbell leaves behind his wife, Hillary, and his 6-month-old son, Everett. Col. Cote said he and his staff members are going to do their best to care for them and to honor Campbell and his service. "We’ve got some really strong people, and we have a very unique connection," said Col. Cote. "Although we are a large agency, we’re very small. We know each other -- we know wives and kids. And we’re hurting, no doubt.” RESOURCE LINK with video
  22. TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) There's already law requiring drivers to "slow down, and move over" for police and emergency first responder vehicles. But legislation signed by Idaho Gov. Brad Little expands that law to include maintenance vehicles, tow trucks and passenger vehicles with hazard lights. For some tow truck drivers and first responders, the legislation is a welcomed amount of change. "Safety is a big deal on the interstate when you have cars driving by at 80 miles an hour," said owner of Marky's Super Tow Mark Gaoski. "We had one driver got hit with a mirror as he was next to the tow truck." "I can give you several examples on the freeway, people don't pay attention to amber lights, you see it all the time," said Filer Fire Department Capt. Dale Mahan. "Semi's don't move over, it's bad." Tow driving is one of America's most dangerous professions, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey of Occupation Injuries and Illnesses. From 2011-2016, 191 deaths were reported in the motor vehicle industry, some of those due to drivers being hit by passing vehicles. RESOURCE LINK with video
  23. OVERFIELD TOWNSHIP, WYOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) -- Tow truck drivers across our area are coming together to pay tribute to one of their own. 24-year-old Colin Schaefer died Friday after a tragic accident in Wyoming County. State police said it happened along Whites Ferry Road in Overfield Township. According to troopers, Schaefer's wrecker was stuck in a field, so he attached a cable to a telephone pole across the street. That's when another vehicle hit that cable, causing it to snap and hit Schaefer. He worked as a tow truck driver for VPR Motors. Co-owner Victor Vega is asking fellow drivers to bring their wreckers to Schaefer's celebration of life. "Just to show the brotherhood of the towing community," said Vega. "It can be competitive, but when one of us goes down, it hurts everyone." The drivers are meeting at Ace Robbins in Tunkhannock on Wednesday at 5 p.m. before Schaefer's celebration of life at Triton Hose Company at 6 p.m. RESOURCE LINK with video
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