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  1. Trump to block California auto emissions rules The actual headline in the article is a bit misleading. This is the Trump administration that will revoke California's power to enforce more stringent limits on vehicle carbon pollution than the federal government, sparking a battle with the state that has led a revolt against the EPA's rollbacks of dozens of environmental regulations. The long-expected move seeks to neuter California's resistance to President Donald Trump's proposed rewrite of the Obama-era rules that would have required automakers to accelerate the deployment of more fuel-efficient cars and light trucks, a high priority in the state that has led the nation in efforts to fight climate change. The Trump EPA had originally planned to withdraw California's waiver at the same time it issues its broader proposal to roll back federal auto emissions standards. But the administration accelerated its plans to single out California after the state struck an agreement with Ford and three other car makers to continue to lower their vehicles' emissions, even if the federal rules are frozen. California's deal with the automakers recently drew a stern rebuke from EPA and the Transportation Department as well as an anti-trust investigation from the Justice Department. California Gov. Gavin Newsom blasted the Trump administration for undermining its efforts to cut pollution and fight climate change. “The president could learn from California," Newsom said in a statement. "Instead, reports today suggest that his administration will act on a political vendetta by announcing they intend to end aspects of our clean car waiver." California Attorney General Xavier Becerra vowed to fight any attack on the state's authority in court, while Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) said she is "exploring all options, including legislation, to block the EPA’s rule." But Trump is eager to land a blow against the state that has become a top foe not just on environmental regulation, but also immigration, labor and other contentious issues — even as major business interests worry about the fallout. Automakers, who at first requested that Trump revisit the strict Obama-era standards, have more recently warned that a regulatory split with California would create market chaos. If California successfully defends its right to the waiver in court, automakers could be forced to reckon with two sets of standards — one for California and more than a dozen other states that choose to follow it, and a weaker one for the states that follow the federal rules expected to be finished in the coming months. EPA did not comment on the expected withdrawal. But Administrator Andrew Wheeler previewed the withdrawal during a gathering of the National Automobile Dealers Association on Tuesday. “In the very near future, the Trump administration will begin taking the steps necessary to establish one set of national fuel-economy standards,” Wheeler said, according to prepared remarks distributed by EPA. Wheeler and California officials had sought to strike a compromise earlier this year to maintain a national standard on any new vehicle rules, but those talks collapsed in acrimony, with each side accusing the other of failing to seriously seek a solution. “We embrace federalism and the role of the states, but federalism does not mean that one state can dictate standards for the nation,” Wheeler said. Conservative groups quickly cheered the upcoming waiver withdrawal. “The Trump administration deserves a lot of credit for correcting this constitutional and legal monstrosity,” said Myron Ebell of the Competitive Enterprise Institute. “No state, not even California, has a right to set national fuel economy standards for all the other states.” But Janet McCabe, an Obama-era EPA air chief, told POLITICO that the withdrawal of California’s waiver would be “unfortunate” and would again set back policies critical for addressing greenhouse gases. Climate change “is a ‘y’all come’ situation, where we need all the reasonable programs that we can get in place,” she said. “And this is one of the most reasonable and impactful across the board.” Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp said his group would fight the Trump EPA's move in court. “The unlawful approach the Trump administration is reportedly planning seeks to block states from choosing clean car standards that protect millions of people from tailpipe pollution,” Krupp said. Other states have levied challenges to Trump’s deregulatory agenda, especially New York, and environmentalists and public health advocates regularly join those fights. But California holds a special place when it comes to the environment, as well as drawing the president’s ire. The Clean Air Act gives California unique powers to enforce stronger pollution standards than the federal level. But that power is contingent on EPA's waiver, which is what the agency plans to revoke on Wednesday. In addition, the District of Columbia and 13 states have adopted California's stricter greenhouse gas rules: Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine. Together those states make up 36 percent of U.S. auto sales, and only one — Pennsylvania — supported Trump in 2016. The Trump administration now argues that California’s ability to set more stringent requirements applies only to pollutants like nitrogen oxides that can be controlled through technologies such as catalytic converters. Conversely, controlling carbon dioxide emissions is primarily achieved via fuel efficiency increases. But that tramples on the 1975 law that created the DOT’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy, or CAFE, program, according to the legal argument made by the Trump administration. The Energy Policy and Conservation Act says states "may not adopt or enforce a law or regulation related to fuel economy standards." California’s greenhouse gas standards closely resemble the fuel economy standards, so they are prohibited, the Trump administration argues. But two federal judges rejected similar arguments on EPCA preemption in 2007. Appeals in those cases were dropped as part of the Obama administration’s negotiations with automakers to set one national standard, and the Trump administration says those opinions are not controlling and rely on out-of-date information. Wheeler on Tuesday said that the greenhouse gas rollback would not affect other California efforts to limit vehicle emissions unrelated to climate change. “California will be able to keep in place and enforce programs to address smog and other forms of air pollution caused by motor vehicles,” he said in his prepared remarks to the auto dealers group. RESOURCE LINK
  2. Charles Legg of A1 Towing and Heavy Haul of Twin Falls Idaho passed away Thursday September 12, 2019. Reports are it was due to an aneurysm. He was 59 years of age. Born: Sep 27, 1959 – Died: Sep 12, 2019 Images taken from Charles FB Page: Those that knew Charles are posting condolences to Jared Legg on his FB page at https://www.facebook.com/jared.legg.39?fref=profile_friend_list&hc_location=friends_tab Please feel free to post your condolences here.
  3. Alabama Towing & Recovery Association has released this death notification: We just received word that Mrs. Faye Harrelson, owner of Harrelson Body Shop and Towing passed away today (09/14/2019). Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Harrelson Body Shop and Towing has been a staple in the Mobile towing community since 1979. Faye’s husband, R.B. was a pioneer in the wrecker community and an advocate to fairness with the city ordinance and helping to fix it back in the early writings of it.. Mrs. Faye was right beside RB along the way. Keeping him in line.. She is going to be deeply missed.
  4. Motorcyclist killed after crashing into wrecker in NE Houston Houston police said speeding is to blame for the deadly crash. HOUSTON — Houston police said speeding is to blame for a fatal motorcycle accident in northeast Houston Saturday morning. The motorcyclist was driving in the 6800 block of Jensen Drive when they failed to stop and crashed into a wrecker that was pulling a car from a ditch, according to police. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead on scene. RESOURCE LINK
  5. VIDEO PENDING: Photo by: WTFD INDIANAPOLIS — Part of I-465 was closed Friday afternoon near 10th Street after a crane fell off of a tow truck. The Wayne Township Fire Department says the tow truck was traveling on 10th Street when the crane fell off and rolled down an embankment, hitting a vehicle before it landed on I-465. The person inside the vehicle was checked at the scene but did not suffer serious injuries. RESOURCE LINK with video
  6. Caught on camera: Tow truck driver just misses getting hit by SUV RESOURCE LINK with video
  7. Multiple injuries as taxi and heavy-duty tow truck collide on Van Reenen’s Pass Emergency personnel, towing services and RTI officers responded to the scene Numerous occupants in a minibus taxi were injured in a crash on Van Reenen’s Pass on Tuesday (September 10). A heavy-duty tow truck was in the process of ‘recovering’ a truck that was in the ‘arrester bed’ when the taxi crashed into it. Those in the minibus who sustained injuries were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital. Emergency personnel, towing services and RTI officers responded to the scene. The taxi had to be towed away. RESOURCE LINK
  8. LANETT — A passenger bus caught on fire while being towed Tuesday night on Interstate 85 Southbound, according to Lanett Fire Chief Johnny Allen. Allen said nobody was inside of the bus when it caught on fire and the driver of the tow truck was not injured. He said the tow truck did receive some fire damage. The call came to the fire department at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Allen said the bus was fully involved by the time firefighters got on scene and didn’t leave until about 3 a.m. The southbound portion of the interstate was also shut down during that time due to a diesel fuel spill. Allen said the official cause of the fire is undetermined as of Wednesday afternoon, but the suspected cause is that there was friction caused by an unknown source while being towed. Due to the fuel spill, Allen said he contacted the Alabama Department of Transportation, which responded from its Alexander City post to clean up the spill. Allen said he isn’t sure how much fuel was spilled, but he is required to call ALDOT and the Alabama Emergency Management Agency. He said he also called the Chambers County EMA office as well. Chambers County EMA Director Jessica Yeager said she was in contact with ALDOT officials Tuesday night but was told they had it under control. She said she was ready to respond to the scene if needed. “They handled that so well, and they kept me informed,” she said. Allen said there were no injuries to anyone during the incident. RESOURCE LINK
  9. Woman killed in crash with flatbed tow truck on Indy’s east side. INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A woman is dead after a crash involving a flatbed tow truck on the east side of Indianapolis. The crash occurred just after 6 a.m. at the intersection of 30th Street and Ritter Avenue. The woman driver had to be cut out of the car, and medics transported her to Eskenazi Hospital. She was later pronounced dead. The intersection will be partially blocked for at least the next hour. We will update this story when we have more information. RESOURCE LINK
  10. 09.10.19 - A 22-year-old man died Wednesday morning in a collision between a tow truck and a transport truck at Kouchibouguac in eastern New Brunswick, RCMP say. Richibucto RCMP said the tow truck was heading south on Route 11 and the transport truck was going north, when they collided at about 6:30 a.m. Cpl. Eric Fiel said an off-duty RCMP officer witnessed the collision and called police. "The tow-truck driver was found deceased at the scene," said Cpl. Eric Fiel. "The other driver wasn't injured in the collision." He said the matter is still under investigation, but police believe the collision occurred when the tow truck crossed the centre line and hit the rear of the transport truck. It was raining at the time. Fiel said police will interview witnesses as part of the investigation. RESOURCE LINK
  11. A report of a tow truck driver who was run over by a vehicle he was attempting to load on Tuesday morning 09.10.19. The news report stated police found him with tire marks across his stomach. Police went on to say the driver was in the process of hooking up the parked vehicle when it began to roll. “He tried to stop it and the left rear tire rolled over his abdomen,” The driver was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center with injuries that weren’t considered life-threatening.
  12. Bottle with man's ashes resumes journey in Gulf of Mexico A bottle containing the ashes of a Texas man along with some handwritten notes from loved ones has been returned to the Gulf of Mexico, resuming its ocean journey after it washed up on a Florida Panhandle beach. The beachgoer who found the bottle near Miramar Beach handed it over to local authorities last week. Inside were some of the ashes of Brian Mullins, a tow truck driver from Garland, Texas, who died earlier this year at age 39. Sgt. Paula Pendleton of the Walton County Sheriff's Office said she cried while reading the notes, which included the phone number of the deceased man's family. His mother had placed four $1 bills in the bottle to help pay for the phone calls she hoped people would make to update her family on the bottle's journey. "This bottle contains the ashes of my son, Brian, who suddenly and unexpectedly passed on March 9, 2019," one of the handwritten notes said. "I'm sending him on one last adventure." A second note, written on wrinkled school paper, especially moved Sgt. Pendleton, whose husband died last year. "When my father passed, I was 14-years-old," the message read. "It has struck our whole family pretty hard and, so far, it has been a very hard road. But, like my granny said, he loved to be free. So, that's exactly what we are doing." Pendleton knew she had to help. "I was overwhelmed with emotion," Pendleton recalled. "I sat in here, in my patrol car, and cried like a baby." Pendleton enlisted an acquaintance who owns a charter boat to ferry the ashes far off the Florida coast. And on Friday, the bottle, the dollar bills and the ashes were again at sea. "He was an avid fisherman. He wanted to travel the world," his mother Darlene Mullins said, noting that her son had never gone ocean fishing. Garland, a suburb northeast of Dallas, is about 300 miles (480 kilometers) from the Gulf Coast. Unable to afford to take her son's ashes out to sea herself, the mother entrusted the task to relatives bound for Florida. While visiting the small Panhandle community of Destin in early August, the bottle was released into the tide. "We thought it might have been the last we saw of the bottle," Darlene Mullins said. "But we'll see where it turns up again." http://www.startribune.com/bottle-with-man-s-ashes-resumes-journey-in-gulf-of-mexico/559765422/ No father info could be located at this time. if anyone has info that can be added to the memorial page please advise.
  13. Join The California Tow Truck Association For National Move Over Day in Three Locations On October 19th, spread awareness of Move Over Laws SACRAMENTO, Calif., Sept. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Tow Truck Association will join over a dozen other States on October 19, 2019 to raise public awareness of Move Over laws and the roadside dangers that towing operators and emergency responders face daily. In the United States, one tow operator is killed in the line of duty every six days. "We are losing towing operators at an enormous rate. Anything we can do to help stop this, and create awareness for tow trucks, we should try and do our part," said Angela Barnett, executive director of the Arizona Professional Towing & Recovery Association, which is organizing the nationwide effort. Unfortunately, the general public lacks a keen awareness of Move Over laws. A National Safety Commission survey indicated that 71 percent of U.S. drivers are unaware of Move Over laws. In addition, the national increase in distracted driving continues to place towing operators in mortal danger as they seek to help others in distress. "Tow operators are some of the hardest working people on the planet. They are out on the roads every hour of every ­day, protecting the motoring public. Raising awareness of Move Over laws is the least we can do for our fallen brothers and sisters, and hopefully our message will make an impact," remarked CTTA President Quinn Piening of Central Towing & Transport in Fremont. The California Tow Truck Association has planned a tow truck/first responder vehicle parade route and event in Los Angeles (Santa Fe Dam Recreational Area), San Francisco (San Leandro Marina) and Cloverdale (Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds). Maps of each route can be found at ctta.com/moveover. Staging of tow trucks and first responder vehicles will begin at 7:00 am at all locations and the route will circle back to their starting points, whereupon attendees will enjoy catered food, raffles, games and more! The California Tow Truck Association, tow operators, and first responders statewide urge you to join us in highlighting this effort to raise awareness. Founded in 1969, the California Tow Truck Association (CTTA) represents professional towing operators statewide. Created by and for towing company owners, CTTA provides unparalleled solutions and resources that empower towing companies to be more professional and progressive within the industry while serving the motoring public. ctta.com/MoveOver CALIFORNIA TOW TRUCK ASSOCIATION Quinn Piening, CTTA President 510-377-4728
  14. Tow truck drivers are out there working one of America’s most dangerous jobs Jose Francisco Rael Jr.’s tow truck lumbered over to the side of the westbound 60 Freeway. It was rush hour, and a beat-up Chevrolet sedan was on the shoulder with a flat. Rael paused before opening his door, peeked over his shoulder to ensure no vehicles would sideswipe him and, once out on the asphalt, turned around. He walked backward to the front of his truck, giving him at least a tiny chance to jump from trouble. As he crouched over asphalt, jacking up the Chevy to replace the tire, he was at his most vulnerable. Just a few feet away, cars and semi-trucks hustled by. Rael was paying attention to all of them – even if the drivers were not paying attention to him. “I can feel their wind,” he had said earlier when asked if he knew when trouble was too close. Sometimes, tow truck drivers get what they call a “tap on the shoulder” – brushed by a side mirror. Many others suffer worse. All this makes driving tow trucks, especially on freeways, one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – in a rare study focused on the trade – determined that in five years ending in 2016, 191 tow truck drivers were killed nationwide. That worked out to 42.9 fatal injuries per 100,000 workers. Only pilots, roofers and fishermen had higher death rates if that statistic is compared to figures of other jobs considered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2017. For firefighters, according to the BLS, the rate was 8.9 deaths per 100,000 workers. For police, it was 12.9 deaths. “First responders all get hit – firefighters, EMTs, Caltrans, Highway Patrol,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Kathlene New, who is based in Orange County. “It just seems like tow trucks are getting hit more frequently.” Lawmakers have tried to help. Every state in the nation has adopted its own “Slow Down, Move Over” law, California in 2007. It requires drivers to slow down and move over a full lane if they can do so safely when they see an emergency vehicle with flashing lights on a freeway shoulder. “Some drivers, if they see a firetruck on the freeway, they know they have to move over,” said Patrick Sampson, the manager of motor services for the Orange County Transportation Authority, which oversees the local Freeway Service Patrol. “But if they see a tow truck, they don’t. They don’t associate the appearance of a tow truck with safety.” Injuries and worse CHP Officer New supervises tow truck drivers in Orange County’s Freeway Service Patrol, a cousin of what Rael works for in Los Angles County. These specialized tow trucker drivers, funded by the state and the county that has them, pull over for every stopped motorist they find, giving stranded drivers a tank of gas or a tow off of the freeway for free, aiming to keep overall traffic moving along. “We haven’t lost anybody, but I had a driver get hit so hard that he never came back to work,” New said of Orange County’s fleet. That driver was struck a few years ago while in the middle of the 5 Freeway, just south of the 91, when trying to tow a broken-down car to safety. Another vehicle slammed into the tow truck, sending him careening into the truck’s back window, head first. He end up with just cuts and scrapes – but that was enough. New ticks off other near-disasters: A driver who got got hit on his elbow, then narrowly missed a second strike as the car spun around. Another struck as he was stretching to grab a bucket in the lanes. “I’ve had an operator who carefully tried to open his door, when he was sideswiped,” she said. “I’ve had an operator who got his foot run over when he was assisting a driver.” It can get much, much worse out there. Mark Tornow, who owns and drives for Finish Line Towing & Transport in Long Beach, knows all of this too well. He lost an employee, in 2012. Faapuna Manu, a 27-year-old father of three, was changing a tire on a darkened Cherry Avenue onramp of the 405 Freeway when a drunk driver in a 2005 Toyota struck him. A recent morning, from behind the wheel of one of his trucks as he beelined to rescue a woman stranded by a flat tire in a sushi shop parking lot, Tornow recalled the crash that killed “Mac.” “Mac was on the side of the road changing a tire at 2:28 in the morning,” Tornow said. An EMT driving home from a holiday party plowed into the tow truck, and then the Mercedes Benz, right where Mac was kneeling down in the roadway. “(The driver) spun out, then he hit the wall,” Tornow said. “When he woke up and saw what he did, he took some glass and tried to kill himself. … It’s dangerous out here.” ‘Like a bull’s-eye’ In February, in Sausalito north of San Francisco, an AAA tow truck driver helping a motorist stranded on the 101 Freeway was killed when a passing pickup truck lost control in the rain and slammed into the tow truck, which hit the AAA driver standing on the other side, killing him. In June, another AAA driver was killed, this time in Castaic, as he was helping a driver on the 5 Freeway: A passing semi-truck hit the driver and fled, with the semi’s driver never found. Erwin Mendoza Geremillo, a 47-year-old father from Castaic, was that AAA driver. On June 29, he was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills. Tow truck drivers from around the region attended his funeral. On the road leading to the cemetery’s central white chapel, surrounded by rolling green hills, a dozen tow trucks lined up on either side. The jumpsuit-clad drivers hopped out, gathered, then headed into the chapel. Most did not know Mendoza. But many knew a driver like him who had been killed. All have had close calls themselves. Not long before, Johnny Perez, a 45-year-old tow truck company owner from Baldwin Park, was aiding a stranded motorist on the 10 Freeway when a semi-truck sideswiped his tow truck, shearing off a side mirror. “I saw the semi kind of veering,” Perez, a former EMT, said near the parked tow trucks. “I jumped out of the way. If I wouldn’t have moved, I would have been hit.” Mendoza’s assignment that night, the overnight shift, is one many drivers dread. “If it’s not stop-and-go traffic, it’s dangerous out there,” said Ken Wilson, an owner and driver of Panorama Towing Service in Panorama City. “For the late shift, sometimes my guys don’t even want to go out there. “It’s like rolling the dice.” A driver could get distracted, or misjudge the distance to the right shoulder. Or a drunk could come your way. “We’re like a bull’s-eye,” said Bill Rauh, a 61-year-old driver with Castaic Towing, Mendoza’s employer. He and others say drunk drivers tend to drift in the direction of lights, including the amber LEDs on their tow trucks. “They want to go toward the lights.” ‘It got close’ Tina Coffey, 47, is a rarity – a woman tow truck driver. She and her husband, Steve, also a tow truck driver, own a towing company in Barstow and were in Hollywood Hills as well to honor Mendoza, who they didn’t know. The couple has eight children and step children – there’s plenty to worry about if either gets injured or killed out on the road. “It’s like we’re resigned to more deaths,” she said. “But then something like this happens, and it reminds us that we’re vulnerable.” Despite the danger, tow truck drivers keep driving. “Why do I still drive?” Tornow said. “Well, I like it.” The industry is recession proof – in downturns, more people drive older cars, so tow services are needed more frequently. Some point out they like helping people. Back on the 60 Freeway, Rael has just finished changing the Chevy’s tire. He climbed back into the cab. Even though it’s early in the day, it was already warm out, and he was drenched in sweat. “It’s constantly on my mind,” he said of the possibility of getting hit. “Looking for someone drifting over, not paying attention. If I see it coming, just making sure I don’t get hit.” On the passenger side of his dashboard is a copy of “Our Daily Bread” sitting next to a taped-in-place wooden crucifix. Just a week before, a semi-truck barreling along the 605 Freeway forced Rael, on foot, to tuck into a safer spot. “It got close, it got very close,” he said. “He was drifting a little bit, and I go, ‘Wait a minute, something’s wrong.’ “ Rael was sure the driver was looking at his cellphone. “I saw him get back in (his lane), but he went like this.” Rael mimicked the driver, looking up from a hand and saying, “‘Oh!’” RESOURCE LINK
  15. TULSA — Tulsa Fire Department says that a tow truck was on fire near the Arkansas River in the area of 49th West Avenue and Charles Page Boulevard. TFD says that one vehicle was in the river and is thought to have been stolen yesterday. The other vehicle, a tow truck, was attempting to get the car out of the river this morning, TFD says. The driver of the tow truck had to leave to get help and when they came back, the tow truck was on e, TFD says. There is no further information at this time. RESOURCE LINK
  16. One person was killed and another was injured in a tow truck vs. car crash Tuesday evening near downtown Lubbock. At approximately 6:18 p.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to a reported crash with injuries at 19th Street and the Interstate 27 northbound frontage road, according to police. A 2018 Dodge Ram 5500 tow truck was traveling north on the I-27 frontage road. The tow truck had another vehicle on the flatbed and was towing a second vehicle on the wheel lift. A 2010 Chevrolet Camaro was eastbound on 19th Street. The tow truck and the Camaro collided in the intersection. The driver of the tow truck, 26-year-old Patric Barrio, died at the scene. The driver of the Camaro was taken to Covenant Medical Center with minor injuries. The LPD Major Crash Unit responded to the scene and is investigating the cause of the crash. RESOURCE LINK
  17. WHILE off-loading a vehicle from a tow truck, a road-side assistance worker was critically injured in Gasparillo on Thursday night. The vehicle rolled over Ryan Rattan, 34, of Diamond Village San Fernando, police said. The incident occurred at Jules Trace, San Fabien Road where Rattan had responded to a job. A police report said that around 10.30 p.m. Rattan, an employee of Roadside Assistance Services, was in the process of off-loading a Nissan B-14 car from a wrecker, when the vehicle rolling and Rattan fell under the vehicle. Paramedics took him to the San Fernando General Hospital where he was expected to undergo emergency surgery. Cpl Mycoo of the Gasparillo Police is investigating. RESOURCE LINK Tow truck employee dies days after being crushed Paramedics took him to the hospital. Rattan underwent two surgeries in two days, his sister Sara Rattan, posted on Facebook, and the family was trying to raise $20,000 to fund a third surgery. “For everyone who knows Ryan knows the kind of stand up man he is and he would give the shirt off his back to help you. We are asking that you keep him in your prayers”, she wrote last week. RESOURCE LINK
  18. Police made an arrest of a man suspected in the shooting death of a tow truck driver who went to collect a debt Saturday night at a residence in a northeast Houston neighborhood. Homicide detectives have not released the identify of the murder victim pending identification by the medical examiner, but say the 60-year-old man was shot after an argument broke out over a debt he was owed for tow service, according to a press release from the Houston Police Department. No other details are available at this time. RESOURCE LINK
  19. Pickup Drives up Tow Truck Ramp, Strikes Disabled Vehicle and Tow Truck North of Ocean Shores Two people were injured when a truck drove up a ramp and struck a car that was on a tow truck North of Ocean Shores. The Washington State Patrol reports the tow truck was prepping a disabled Honda Fit to be removed from the narrow-shoulder of State Route 109 about 5 miles north of Ocean Shores at 3:42 am Thursday when a 2007 Ford F150 pickup drove up the ramp and struck both vacant vehicles while their drivers were nearby preparing to leave. The driver of the truck, a 57-year-old Hoquiam man, and the driver of the tow truck, a 30-year-old Ocean Shores man, suffered undisclosed injuries. The driver of the Honda was not injured. The Hoquiam man was charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. RESOURCE LINK
  20. A trip to the beach suddenly turned into a rescue mission for a woman and her grandson after a little dog became trapped in their car. RESOURCE LINK with video The tow truck company, Twin Cities Auto waived the towing fee. RESOURCE LINK with video
  21. Tow truck driver seeks damages from IPS Logistics over I-64 tractor-trailer crash CHARLESTON – A Poca couple has filed a suit against a Wisconsin man and his employer over a tractor-trailer accident on an interstate in Kanawha County. Larry D. Moore and Jodi L. Petry filed a complaint in Kanawha Circuit Court against IPS Logistics Inc. and Rex Alan Lossing alleging negligence. The suit states that Moore was operating a tow truck on Oct. 12, 2018, on Interstate 64 in Charleston while responding to a service call when Lossing, who was driving a tractor-trailer owned by IPS, rear-ended the plaintiff's truck. Moore alleges he was injured as a result and Petry alleges she has incurred the loss of consortium of her husband. The plaintiffs are seeking all reasonable sums due, attorney fees and court costs. The plaintiffs are represented by Andrew C. Shaffer of Shaffer Law in Charleston and Gerald R. Lacy of Lacy Law Offices in Charleston. The case has been assigned to Judge Louis King. Kanawha Circuit Court case number 19-C-712 RESOURCE LINK
  22. KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Tow truck drivers piled into Riverfront Park on Tuesday to pay tribute to Blake Gresham. “He always wanted to be a tow truck driver,” said Amy Gresham, his mom. “His dad was hit by a car, so I was surprised he wanted to go that way. But if he were here today, he’d tell you this is what he always wanted.” Gresham was hit by a car in 2012 while assisting a motorist with a tow. He was 18 years old and a large reason that the Move-Over-Law included tow truck drivers. “They just aren’t moving over,” one truck driver told FOX4. “I can’t count the number of times I’ve been hit, and I’m sick of it. Law enforcement needs to start enforcing the law out there.” FOX4 talked with a number of tow truck drivers who said the job requires them to put their life on the line every day. “It seems like drivers don’t care out there,” truck driver Dominick Roacha said. “We have families that we want to get home to.” Tuesday's event was hosted by Blake Gresham’s mother and was attended by more than 200 people. RESOURCE LINK with video
  23. ‘This is extreme:’ Ray’s Towing manager, semi passenger speak after wreck in Mitchell Interchange MILWAUKEE -- Shocking dash camera video showed the moment a semi barreled into a tow truck near the Mitchell Interchange on Monday, Aug. 26. The tow truck driver suffered a broken leg, two broken ribs, and a cut above his eye, but he was expected to be OK. Based on the extensive damage to his truck, his co-workers said he shouldn't have survived. "This is extreme," said Mark Salentine, manager at Ray's Towing. "You would expect a fatality." Salentine said his employee, Joe Altenhofen, was responding to a call along I-94 at Layton Avenue when a semi passing by the scene smashed into the driver's side of his truck. "He reached for his door handle," said Salentine. "Then, could see in the mirror the trailer of the semi coming at him. The next thing he knew, he was being woken up on the floor of his truck by the Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies." The damage to the cabin of the semi was equally extensive. "There was a windshield here," said Yassine Hamid. "This is broke out,." Hamid was inside at the time, asleep in the back bed, while his co-worker, Ali Abubakar, drove. "I close this one, and then other side, this one," Hamid explained. Hamid said Monday's downpour caused their wheels to slip on the wet pavement. "I go straight on my side, and I hit with my shoulder," said Hamid. Both men were treated for minor injuries. "This was an avoidable accident," Salentine said. The semi driver, Abubakar, was cited for driving too fast for conditions, and failure to control his vehicle -- $224 each. Salentine said he was hopeful the crash would serve as a wake-up call for all drivers of the dangers tow truck drivers face on the side of the road. "We're really people, seriously putting our lives on the line out there, and it shouldn't have to be that way," said Salentine. "You should be slowing down and moving over." A statement from Ray's Towing, Inc. FB Page: I just want to Thank God for looking out and taking care of our driver. Life is precious and I pray that people would just look at what is right in front of them AND MOVE OVER FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES. The crash involving our truck and, more importantly, our driver was horrific. We don't want to make any more or less out of this terrible tragedy, but some misinformation is already spreading. Just to clarify, yes, our driver, Joe, thankfully survived, but he is far from what anyone would describe as "okay." He escaped death, but not injury. As currently diagnosed, he has a broken leg, two broken ribs, a laceration above his eye as well as various cuts and bruises. And we shouldn't forget how such an event can affect more than the body of the injured person, not to mention their family and other loved ones. So, along with your good thoughts and prayers, please be sensitive and accurate when sharing this cautionary tale. Thank you.
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