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  1. Police have forwarded charges of assault with a weapon, uttering threats, mischief and possession of a dangerous weapon to Crown for review. Vancouver Police say they responded to a report of a man who smashed the window of a Drake Towing vehicle Monday morning. Cst. Tania Visintin tells Vancouver Is Awesome in an email that police responded to the call just after 11 a.m. in a parking lot at 3490 Kingsway Avenue. "The suspect was having his car towed from the parking lot when he approached the tow truck and smashed the driver’s side window with a hammer," writes Visintin. Once police arrived, the suspect was arrested and taken to jail. Thankfully, no one was injured in the altercation. A video of the incident has also been shared on Reddit by seansethi81. In it, a man argues with the driver of a Drake Towing vehicle who appears to be towing his car. At one point, the man smashes the tow truck driver's window with a hammer and begins to yell at him and tells him to, "come here." The tow truck driver tells him to, "move back," and to, "stay away from me." Another individual also repeatedly tells the man who is yelling at the tow truck driver to, "calm down." The final frame of the video shows the man that was yelling being arrested. Police have forwarded charges of assault with a weapon, uttering threats, mischief and possession of a dangerous weapon to Crown for review. RESOURCE LINK with video
  2. A Philadelphia man is being hailed an "instant hero" for his quick work rescuing a woman who was drowning in the water at the beach in Wildwood. PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A Philadelphia man is being hailed an "instant hero" for his quick work rescuing a woman who was drowning in the water at the beach in Wildwood. Officials say the woman would not be alive if not for his selfless act. Tyree Ward says anyone would have done it, but emergency officials say not everyone is so selfless or brave. This all happened last night in Wildwood at the beach near Baker Avenue, just after 8 pm. It was late and there were no lifeguards on duty. That's when Tyree heard screaming. A woman was crying out that her friend was drowning. He dropped his towel and phone and jumped in. "I thank God that He put me there," Ward says. "Everything just happened the way it did. Nobody but the Lord that that put me in that place." He hopes this will inspire others to look beyond themselves. "Somebody has to do something," he says. "You just jump in and you just have to follow your gut sometimes." Tyree is an auto mechanic and tow truck driver from West Oak Lane. He was on the beach with his family when this happened. He was able to swim far out to the 20 year-old-woman and bring her to shore. Emergency crews met them close to the shore and jumped in to help. "He saved her life, absolutely," says Wildwood Fire Chief Ernie Troiano III. " When time is of the essence, his timing was impeccable. He was truly in the right place the right time, and he had what it took to get the job done. He didn't hesitate. He didn't wait to call for help. He sprung into action and it was truly a lifesaving measure." The Wildwood Fire Department presented Ward with tokens of their appreciation. They are grateful, reminding everyone of the dangers of swimming without a lifeguard and reminding us that there won't always be a Tyree Ward to swim in and save us. They say the world needs more people like him. RESOURCE LINK with video
  3. CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago police rescued a mini horse from the Back of the Yards neighborhood Monday afternoon. Police said an officer on patrol saw the miniature horse tied to a tow truck in a vacant lot. The horse had no access to food and no access to water, and was not in the shade. A 30-year-old man who police said owned the horse was taken into custody and charged with one misdemeanor count of violating animal owner duties. No further details have been released. Police have not said whose care they have released the horse into. RESOURCE LINK with video
  4. Tow truck driver killed on the job remembered by colleagues SEE VIDEO IN LINK BELOW OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A tow truck driver was hit and killed while on the job near the town of Fletcher on Wednesday. Bernardo Martinez worked at Sergio’s Towing Service since October. “This guy was a solid, just genuine, great, honest guy, and a good worker,” colleague Cody Ceballos said. He says they were trying to reach Martinez on Wednesday when they noticed his truck wasn’t moving on the company’s GPS tracker. “We kept calling him, kept calling him, kept calling him, just no answer,” Ceballos said. “We’re watching the GPS, we’re glued to the GPS tracker.” Unfortunately, their worst fear came true when police confirmed Martinez had been hit and killed. Nick Ragsdale with Ragsdale Wrecker Service, who’s also a spokesperson for the ‘Slow Down and Move Over’ campaign, says tow truck drivers are a tight-knit community. “It keeps in the back of your mind, but when it hits home close like this, it’s pretty rough,” he said. “At the end of the day, we’re all trying to make it home to our families, and try to make a little bit of a living while we’re at it.” Both Ragsdale and Ceballos are reminding drivers to slow down and move over for anyone stopped on the side of a road. “We lost a really good driver there because of a senseless reason. Wasn’t even busy part of the highway,” Ceballos said. Martinez leaves behind a wife, four children and two grandchildren. RESOURCE LINK with video “He had such a big heart,” Wife remembers tow truck driver killed on the job OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The wife of a tow truck driver killed on the job remembers him as someone who would go out of his way to help people. Bernardo Martinez tragically died while working near Fletcher last Wednesday. A driver hit Martinez as he was loading a truck onto his wrecker, throwing him into a ditch. “It’s was the most horrible thing we could’ve ever experienced,” Mayra Martinez, Bernardo’s wife, said. “We keep expecting him to come home, and we keep checking the front door, just waiting for it to open and him to come through and he doesn’t. It’s just becoming more and more real.” She says her husband was someone you’d want to know. “Anytime you would ever need something, he would be there, with an encouraging word, or just to listen to you, help you out, help you fix your car, help you fix your house, just anything, because that was just part of him,” she said. Bernardo leaves behind four children and two grandchildren. Family and faith were two things important to him. “He wanted to give his kids the world,” Mayra said. He also had a love for his job. He’d worked at Sergio’s Towing Service since October. “He was very proud about being a tow truck driver, because he would go out there and help people and that was just part of him, that he had such a big heart,” Mayra said. “He would stop by when he was driving and he’d give food to the homeless, he’d give money to them, he’d help give people rides if he saw someone walking in the rain.” She says she hopes the tragedy serves as a reminder for drivers to slow down and move over for tow truck drivers. “When we have a flat tire or our car stalls on the side of the road, they’re the ones that are risking their lives out there to help us, to help everything,” she said. RESOURCE LINK
  5. CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The funeral for the tow truck driver who died following a crash on the Don Holt Bridge is Saturday. Authorities say the tow truck diver William Ellis of North Charleston died as a result of a crash on the bridge on July 1. Deputies say he was helping the driver of a disabled vehicle when it happened. The memorial parade in honor or Ellis is expected to take place following the funeral. More than 100 tow-truck drivers and others from the community are expected to participate. The funeral will take place at noon at Faith Tabernacle Church of Zion on Dorchester Road on July 11. Organizers say participants will drive over the Don Holt bridge as a way to pay their respects and end the parade at the burial site. The family wants the community to know that Ellis was a devoted father and grandfather who loved his family and people of all walks of life. They say he was an outgoing, loving and caring soul who worked hard as an entrepreneur in a wide range of businesses. In addition to owning his roadside assistance business, Ellis' family says he had owned several Thai restaurants throughout the state, and was an entertainment promoter and manager. The family says Ellis was also known for his great sense of humor, he loved debating and would help anyone in their time of need. They say he will be deeply missed. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. No charges have been filed in connection to the case. A friend of Ellis says they are pushing for law enforcement to enforce the Move Over Law in South Carolina. The law requires drivers to slow down or move over a lane to give space for emergency responders and people at the scene of emergency incidents including tow trucks on the side of the road. Charleston County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Costanzo was critically injured in the crash. RESOURCE LINK
  6. FRAZIER PARK, CA (Monday, July 6, 2020 at 1:36 p.m.)—[updated] A pickup truck with camper that was being towed by Panorama Towing caught fire just after 1 p.m. while eastbound on Frazier Mountain Park Road, just east of Cuddy Canyon Road. Cuddy Valley resident Rob Eubank was there when the fire erupted, and made a video of Kern County Fire Department engines 56 and 357 extinguishing the blaze in about 10 minutes, including a small grass fire that started. Eubank said there were some small explosions in the camper, but the gas tank did not exolode. There were some melted lights on the tow truck and roadside foliage sparks, but those were extinguished quickly and that appeared to be the limit of the damage, Eubank said. The tow truck, he reported, had been asked by the sheriff’s office to take the camper for impound.
  7. Tow truck driver critically hurt in Stevenson Expressway crash Two people were injured, one of them critically, in a crash Monday on the Stevenson Expressway on the Southwest Side. A tow truck driver was outside his truck about 2:45 a.m. assisting a semi on the shoulder of eastbound I-55 near Cicero Avenue when another vehicle rear-ended his truck, according to Illinois State Police. The tow truck driver was then hit by either his truck or the vehicle that hit it, state police said. He and the driver of that vehicle were both taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where the tow truck driver was in critical condition. The right two inbound lanes of I-55 remain closed in the area as crews continue to investigate, state police said. Multiple News Sources
  8. FIRST ALERT: Deputy seriously injured, Coast Guard searching for person in water after Don Holt crash CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office says one of its deputies has been hospitalized with serious injuries after a crash on the Don Holt Bridge Wednesday morning. The deputy was assisting the driver of a disabled vehicle when he was struck by a passing vehicle, Capt. Roger Antonio said. Meanwhile, a Coast Guard spokesman says their agency is searching for a tow truck driver who may have gone over the bridge and into the water when the crash happened. That driver was said to be unaccounted for after the incident, the Coast Guard spokesman said, but he could provide no further details. The Coast Guard and the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office also have helicopters in the area. The crash was reported at 9:51 a.m. and closed all westbound lanes for more than an hour. One lane reopened to allow traffic through. RESOURCE LINK with video NOTE: We're Praying the Tow Truck Driver will be found alive. Time is passing quickly and there are no follow up reports available yet. We will post any news reports or confirmations as they become available. Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Facebook Page Asked for Prayers For the Deputy. However failed to mention the missing Tow Truck Driver. Just replied: "We pray for everyone involved in this incident. We initially released information only about our deputy because we are not handling the investigation. We added the request for prayer because praying is what we are doing. To me that's not good enough, Please leave a thought here and then light them up as they should have asked for prayers for all involved. This is unacceptable! https://www.facebook.com/charlestoncountysheriff/ Additional Resource Link Added Tow Truck Driver has been located: https://www.live5news.com/video/2020/07/02/video-emergency-crews-locate-body-tow-truck-driver-don-holt-crash/ Remembering Will Ellis: https://www.counton2.com/news/local-news/lifelong-friend-remembers-william-ellis-tow-truck-driver-who-lost-his-life-in-accident-on-don-holt-bridge/
  9. VERNON, CT — A man is accused of attacking a tow truck with a machete during an incident in Vernon, police said. A report on the June 16 incident was made available Thursday. The altercation at 631 Talcottville Road — the Countrywood apartment complex — took place at 2:17 a.m., a report indicates. Police were told by a tow truck driver that he was attacked by a man with a machete. The man, identified as 55-year-old Jacob Addy, who lives at the complex, is accused of using a machete to cut the straps used to attach his vehicle to the tow truck, according to a report. A report does not mention why the vehicle was on the tow truck. Addy was charged with carrying a dangerous weapon, second-degree threatening, third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree breach of peace. He posted a $10,000 bond and is due in court on Aug. 4, records show. RESOURCE LINK
  10. Max Holloway, Muskogee In response to the proposition to change Muskogee's form of city government from a professional local government manager to an elected position, I am reminded of an incident about which I was told many years ago. It happened in "small town Arkansas." The town was replacing its water tower, and the professional decision makers had recommended taking bids that the professionals believed should range from $10,000 to $15,000. However, the local mayor and his buddy on the council suggested that was much too expensive and it could be done for much less. The team the mayor had in mind to do the job just so happened to be in the audience and explained to the council that he and his brother-in-law could take down the tower for $5,000. After some discussion and much disagreement with the professionals, the mayor succeeded into intimidating his council members into awarding the contract to hometown's "Buster's Business." On the big day, half the town turned out to see the big water tower take-down. Buster got his buddy to use his big blow torch to start cutting one leg while he started torching the other leg. They had their 1-ton tow truck with its long winch connected to the other side near the top at the walkway that circled the tank. When Buster could tell that the two torch cuttings were just at the right moment, he would signal to the driver to start pulling. The chain on the winch was long enough that when the tank came tumbling down, the truck and driver would be in the clear. The problems: one, the tank was full of water, two, the torchers were working on the wrong legs. As the tow truck kicked into gear and started to move, the tower tumbled — in the wrong direction. The little one-ton truck was jerked up on its hind legs and the tank fell — right on top of City Hall. RESOURCE LINK TRUTH TO THIS STORY:
  11. BROOKLYN, Ohio Attempted car theft: Memphis Avenue On June 4, a Memphis Avenue resident called police after someone for the second time in a week attempted to steal his car using a tow truck. During the previous attempt, the would-be car thief ripped off the vehicle’s bumper. There are no suspects. Police are investigating. RESOURCE LINK
  12. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Incidents of violence against the police in the wake of the George Floyd killing, are well documented across the country. Now the question remains, is that sentiment being felt here in Nashville? On Sunday night, someone shot at a Metro Police car that was on the back of a wrecker. It happened around 11:30 p.m. on Ellington Parkway near Cleveland Street. Police confirmed that one of their marked Metro Police cruisers broke down and they called West Nashville Wrecker to tow the vehicle. On the way, the tow truck company owner said a car pulled next to the tow truck and started to shoot several times at the police car on the back of the wrecker. The first bullet went through a back tire on the cruiser and a second bullet went through the steel frame of the wrecker that was transporting the police car. The driver was not hit, but said he was shook up as he called 911. Nobody at the wrecker service wanted to talk on camera. However, the owner told News 2 his driver is now considering quitting his job for fear that his life could be in danger for simply doing his job. Metro Police said they believe this is an isolated incident and they take it very seriously. Metro Police Spokesperson Don Aaron said, “We want to think this is an isolated incident. What happened Sunday night is not Nashville! We take it very seriously, any attack on the police department is taken very seriously. The crime gun unit of the specialized investigation division is handling this case. They’ve got some promising leads and we look forward to bringing the person responsible into custody.” Police said nobody was hurt. RESOURCE LINK with video
  13. Tow truck driver killed on I-280 NEWS VIDEO LINK CLICK HERE A tow truck driver who contracts with a state agency was killed today (June 23) on Interstate 280 between Farm Hill Boulevard and Edgewood Road in Redwood City, according to CHP. The man, who is in his 60s and is from Castro Valley or Dublin, was a driver with the Bay Area Freeway Service Patrol, or FSP, a program that works with Caltrans and the CHP to quickly respond to vehicle breakdowns that occur during rush hour, said CHP Officer Art Montiel. At 3:40 p.m., the man was working on a car on the right shoulder of southbound 280 when a large red lumber truck swerved off the interstate and hit both the FSP truck and the man, Montiel said. The CHP doesn’t know why the truck swerved off the road, Montiel said. The driver of the red truck stopped a little ways away from the scene, said Montiel. The man is 25 and from San Jose, his name is not being released yet. Montiel said that drivers need to remember to slow down or pull into the next lane if they see a utility or emergency vehicle in the right shoulder with its emergency lights on. RESOURCE LINK
  14. The history of the tow truck begins in the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. "The friend of the guy who invented the tow truck, Ernest Holmes Sr., he had flipped his car over in the Chickamauga Creek, explains Nyle Vincent of the International Towing Museum. “He had to call up about 12 friends of his to help pull the car out. There was very little equipment available to go recover a vehicle. So they spent the entire day out there. So by the time he got back to the shop, he was like, there's got to be an easier way. There's got to be an easier way." Ernest Holmes Sr. spent months at the drawing board, developing plans for the world's first tow truck. By 1919, the Holmes 485 was born. A chassis that sported a metal tube framework, pulleys, wires, outriggers and hooks. It was an invention that would change everything automotive. And it is that invention that is celebrated here at The International Towing Museum on Chattanooga’s south side. "We house antique tow trucks, says Vincent. “We display the history of the tow truck, and how it's impacted the world." In this museum, you'll find tow trucks of every size and every speed. You can explore the uniqueness of the designs and get an insight into the engineering that has evolved over the past one hundred years. Each truck here has a story. One of the museum’s more popular attractions is a tow truck used on the beaches of Normandy, France. "It was part of the Red Ball Express, which was the supply chain during the War. This particular truck was in Normandy and had suffered some damage as the War went on, and it was left in France. Eventually, it was recovered, restored and then brought back over here. It's the only truck in our collection that currently does not run because it still has some of the original battle damage, which is pretty neat." Nyle says since his time working at the museum, many drivers in the industry have come by to show their appreciation for this unique museum. "I've gotten to meet a lot of towers that have come in on a regular basis. First of all, they are very appreciative that we have this museum here because it's honoring their industry. We have the wall of the fallen out front that commemorates the drivers that pass away each year. The current stat is that it's one tow truck driver that is lost every 6 to 10 days. Because it's extremely dangerous, issues with cell phones, etc. So it just takes a hard-working, determined individual handling that type of thing because it's extremely dangerous." To plan a visit and find out about times of operation and admission, visit their website. RESOURCE LINK
  15. Vicki Lynn Hutton, 65, of Lancaster, PA passed away on Monday, June 15, 2020. Born in Lancaster, she was the daughter of the late Amos Hoar and Betty Arlene Steinman. Vicki was the first female tow truck driver when she started her career in towing. Vicki was a proud business owner of Cabbage Hill Garage and Towing for 40 years. In her free time, Vicki loved boating and fishing with her family at Raystown Lake. She enjoyed gardening, sun tanning, and hosting family cookouts. Vicki will be dearly missed by her friends and family. Vicki is survived by her husband, Benjamin R. Hutton, her son, Robert Resch of Washington D.C.; her daughter, Amy Hutton, wife of Jon Smith of Elizabethtown, PA; her four step children, Shirley and David Emerick of Lancaster, Angela Williams, wife of Larry of Lancaster, and Shannon Griffin, wife of Andrew of North Carolina; along with nine grandchildren, Alexis, Jayden, Sierra, Orlando, Carter, Renae, Sasha, Courtney, and Cheyanne; one great-grandchild; and her sister, Brenda J. Steger, wife of Jeffrey of Virginia. The family would like to give special thanks to Vicki's caregivers, Tammy Slocum, Frances Soto, Tonya Kendig, Renae Emerick, and Cynthia Salmieri. Family will receive friends starting at 12:00 Noon on Friday, June 26, 2020 at The Groffs Family Funeral Home, 528 West Orange Street, Lancaster, PA 17603. The Funeral Service will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The Graveside Service will be held at Conestoga Memorial Park at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020. The family will announce a public luncheon in Vicki's memory at a later date. Please visit Vicki's Memorial Page at: www.TheGroffs.com
  16. OSP: 1 killed, 2 injured following head-on crash on HWY 224 near Barton CLACKAMAS COUNTY, OR (KPTV) – A man was killed following a head-on crash on Highway 224 east of Barton on Friday. Oregon State Patrol and emergency crews responded to the crash near Southeast Dale Lane at approximately 11:23 p.m. According to a preliminary investigation, a red 1992 Ford F150 driving east crossed into the westbound lane and collided head-on into 2014 Dodge Ram tow truck. The driver of the Ford was pronounced dead at the scene, Troopers said. The name of the driver will be released once family has been notified. The driver of the Dodger was later identified as Gary Smith, 56, of Portland and a passenger, Jennifer Sampson, 48, of Vancouver, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries. RESOURCE LINK
  17. A Driver with Jamie Davis Towing has been injured in a Roll Over Accident. A message on the companies FB page stated: Flat deck accident today Our driver Rob Mitchell ROLLs truck Deck truck rolls over and over Big prayers to Rob Mitchell heading to Hope Hospital to see how he’s doing . No truck pics at this time
  18. Jerr-Dan® Names Bob Nelson Vice President and General Manager By Tow Professional - June 19, 2020 Hagerstown, MD – Jerr-Dan, an Oshkosh Corporation company (NYSE:OSK) and the single brand leader in the towing and recovery industry, announces the appointment of Bob Nelson as the company’s new vice president and general manager. Nelson brings to the position over 25 years’ experience in sales and distribution management, as well as a deep knowledge of both business-to-business and manufacturing operations. “For more than two decades, Bob has contributed to the long-term success of our organization through his efforts at JLG®. I look forward to seeing how he advances the towing and recovery side of our business in his new leadership role,” said Frank Nerenhausen, executive vice president, Oshkosh Corporation and president, access equipment segment. “His commercial business acumen and vision for growth will position Jerr-Dan for continued success.” After beginning his career in sales for a nationally recognized rental company, Nelson started selling SkyTrak® telehandlers. After being tapped by SkyTrak to serve as a regional sales manager, Nelson was named Southeast district sales manager when JLG acquired SkyTrak in 1998. He was later promoted to regional vice president for the Mid-Atlantic region, where his career continued its upward trajectory. In 2010, he was named vice president of North American sales. Over the years, Nelson has received numerous accolades for his sales performance, receiving three prestigious JLG sales awards including Rookie of the Year, Salesman of the Year, and the John L. Grove Leadership Award. “I am honored to lead the future growth and expansion of Jerr-Dan,” said Nelson. “We will continue to grow Jerr-Dan’s market leadership across the towing and recovery industry through increased market share, expansion of aftermarket offerings, and widening of our distributor base in support of international expansion.” Nelson is a graduate of Purdue University and is a resident of Winchester, Virginia. RESOURCE LINK
  19. HAAS Alert and the Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) New Partnership By Tow Professional - June 19, 2020 HAAS Alert and the Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) announced a new partnership today to improve safety and prevent collisions for towing professionals. Under the agreement, TRAA members will have access to exclusive fleet benefits with Safety Cloud®, the industry-leading collision prevention service for emergency responders and roadside workers developed by HAAS Alert. To support the towing community further, TRAA non-members with eligibly sized fleets that equip Safety Cloud will also receive a year of complimentary TRAA membership. Collisions and struck-by incidents are the leading cause of death for towing and recovery professionals. Even though all 50 states in the US have Move Over laws, an average of one tow truck driver is killed every six days, and eight towers in the US have already been killed in the first two months of 2020. TRAA and HAAS Alert are committed to addressing this urgent challenge by partnering together to help towers nationwide equip their vehicles with Safety Cloud. Safety Cloud enables tow trucks and other first responder vehicles to send real-time digital alerts to drivers as they approach active incidents. A small device installed in the truck sends vehicle location data to Safety Cloud, which then delivers alerts to nearby motorists through the Waze app on their mobile devices, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, or compatible vehicle infotainment systems, giving them time to react before they reach the incident. Since launching more than two years ago, the Safety Cloud has processed more than 100 million driver alerts. The new partnership between TRAA and HAAS Alert will provide towing operators with valuable protection and benefits including premium fleet pricing and TRAA member support. Cynthia Martineau, TRAA’s Executive Director, said of the partnership, “We’re excited to be working with HAAS Alert and believe that Safety Cloud provides towers an effective layer of additional protection from approaching drivers, many of whom are simply not paying attention to the roadway. HAAS Alert shares our goal of promoting the wellness and interests of towers, and we look forward to working together in the months ahead to make roads safer for our members and the communities they serve.” HAAS Alert CEO and founder Cory Hohs said, “Towing is a critical part of emergency response, and every one of us relies on tow truck operators when we need assistance. These operators have one of the highest on-the-job fatality rates in the country, and they deserve more protection than they have today to ensure they can do their job safely. Partnering with TRAA means we can reach more towers than ever, enable them to prevent these collisions from occurring, and finally start solving this problem. RESOURCE LINK
  20. Leading Roadside Assistance Provider Agero Expands Market Share with Purchase of Road America from MAPFRE Asistencia MEDFORD, Mass. & MIAMI – June 17, 2020 – Agero, the leading driver assistance services partner for automotive manufacturers and insurance carriers in North America, today announced it has purchased the assets of Road America Motor Club from MAPFRE Asistencia. Agero will take over roadside and accident support for Road America’s more than 100 U.S.-based insurance, auto reseller, fleet, RV and other diverse client programs. The acquisition comes as MAPFRE Asistencia looks to refocus its key assets globally, ultimately deciding to leave the roadside assistance market in North America through the sale of Road America. As the leading B2B motor club in the U.S., Agero supports more than 115 million consumers, servicing approximately 12 million* annual breakdown and accident events. The acquisition of Road America will help to ensure continued exceptional service for Road America’s customers. Agero’s flexible scalability, extensive expertise in the industry and configurable platform will allow for a seamless transition, enabling: Industry-leading and award-winning service for Road America clients and their customers, including access to Agero’s transparent and dynamic Swoop platform. Ongoing professional assistance for motorists to get them back on the road and back to their lives 24/7/365, covering every zip code in the U.S. Increased volume for tow operators and road service companies, as well as access to Agero's industry-leading technology, training, and resources. “Agero’s mission has always been focused on the delivery of exceptional driver assistance services, and we are incredibly excited to be able to offer these experiences to Road America’s clients,” said Dave Ferrick, CEO, Agero. “Our scalable business model and constant innovation has enabled us to withstand the current industry hardships caused by the global health crisis, allowing us to seek opportunities that make sense for our business and our network participants. Through this acquisition, we will be able to ensure consistent service to clients and customers and enable volume for our provider network, while allowing us to continue to expand in areas such as fleets, where our industry-leading Swoop Dispatch Management has established a strong foothold.” “After careful consideration, MAPFRE Asistencia decided that the sale of Road America would align with its strategy to strengthen its core businesses, while at the same time, ensuring the continuation of excellent service for Road America’s clients and members,” said Jair Marrugo, CEO, president and regional general manager of Road America. “Agero’s customer-centric culture is an industry best practice, and we look forward to working with them on a seamless transition for our Road America customers.” Founded in 1978, Road America has a 40-year track record of excellence in the roadside assistance and auto lifecycle solutions industry, serving motorists in North America. Financial details of the acquisition have not been disclosed. Transitions for Road America clients are underway. Please contact Agero for more information. About Agero Agero’s mission is to rethink the roadside experience through a powerful combination of passionate people and data-driven technology, strengthening its clients’ relationships with their customers. As a leading B2B provider of next-gen driver assistance services, Agero is pushing the industry in a new direction, taking manual processes and redefining them as digital, transparent and connected. This includes: a transformative roadside event management platform powered by Swoop, a San Francisco based software company acquired in 2018; comprehensive accident management services; knowledgeable consumer affairs and connected vehicle capabilities; and intuitive tow dispatch software. The company protects 115 million vehicles in partnership with leading automobile manufacturers, insurance carriers and other diversified clients. Managing one of the largest national networks of service providers, Agero responds to approximately 12 million service events annually. Agero, a member company of The Cross Country Group, is headquartered in Medford, Mass., with operations throughout North America and Europe. To learn more, visit www.agero.com. About MAPFRE Asistencia MAPFRE Asistencia is a global insurance, reinsurance and services company founded in Madrid, Spain, in 1989 and operating worldwide. The company is present directly in 36 offices and has more than 1,250 corporate partners, with over 100 million people who benefit from MAPFRE Asistencia’s services. MAPFRE Asistencia offers products that increase their partners’ profitability and improve people’s quality of life. They specialize in global assistance, vehicle protection and lifestyle solutions. Media Contacts: Kate Patty PR Manager, Agero Phone: 781.306.3771 Email: KPatty@agero.com Judy Senechal Corporate Communications Director, MAPFRE USA Phone: 508.949.4988 Email: jsenechal@mapfreusa.com *2019 Annual Figure. RESOURCE LINK Road America responded: We have today announced that we will be transitioning our roadside and accident management assets in the U.S. to driver assistance leader Agero, Inc.. As part of this, former Road America clients and their customers will have access to Agero’s award-winning support services and vast service provider network. For over 40 years, we have been incredibly proud to serve the needs of America’s motorists and appreciate the continued support of our employees, clients, partners and providers during this transition. We feel confident we have chosen the right partner to seamlessly transition our services into the future.
  21. Tow truck driver dies after he was struck on I-95 ramp A tow truck driver has died after he was struck on an Interstate 95 entrance ramp in Fredericksburg on Thursday. Louis J. Rich, 29, of Locust Grove, died at Mary Washington Hospital, according to a statement Saturday from the Virginia State Police. At 12:35 p.m. Thursday, a 2020 Chevrolet Impala was on the southbound entrance ramp at Plank Road when the vehicle crossed the white fog line and struck Rich. The Impala then hit the tow truck on the shoulder, VSP spokesperson Sgt. Brent Coffey said. The driver of the Chevrolet, Christopher R. Minor, 29, of Woodford, was uninjured. Minor has been charged with reckless driving, driving without a license and failure to wear a seatbelt, Coffey said. Virginia State Police Culpeper Division Crash Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and is assisting with the ongoing crash investigation, he said. A tow truck driver was struck by a car and killed June 8 in a crash on Interstate 495 in Fairfax County. RESOURCE LINK
  22. As cities across the country are discussing defunding or disbanding their police departments, truck drivers are voicing concerns of safety. Seventy-seven percent of truck drivers say they will refuse to deliver freight to cities with defunded police departments. Truck driving is historically ranked as one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. In 2018, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic reported truck driving as the most deadly job in the country. Truck drivers have spent the last year on the front line of a global pandemic and protests. Now many are fearful of what might happen if police departs disband or are defunded. Truck drives have been voicing their concerns on the CDLLife App. After reading about their concerns, CDLLife posted a poll on the app. We asked drivers on the app, “Would you pick up/deliver to cities with defunded or disbanded police departments? Why or why not?” To date, 77% of drivers say they will refuse loads to cities with disbanded or defunded police departments. Here are some of their responses: “…if something was to happen and you have to take matters into your own hands, and then you risk being prosecuted for protecting yourself.” “This is not an area you need to act fearless and think you you’d look like a fool for saying no…Imagine what kind of fool you look like for driving into a hot spot and putting your life in danger.” “I will not deliver to an area with a disbanded police department. My life matter and I do this for my family. We are already at the mercy of these towns and cities with laws and hate against us for parking, getting a meal or even using a restroom.” “Simple. We may not like it all the time, but laws and order is necessary.” “Most places we go already can be dicy an about only time you see a cop is when lights is on behind you.” “For my own safety and security of my customers’ loads, I have already informed my dispatcher that I will refuse all loads to cities that have defunded their police departments.” The Minneapolis City Council reportedly plans to disband the city’s police department. “According to the Associated Press, on Sunday, a majority of the members of the Minneapolis City Council declared that they support disbanding the city’s police department. Lisa Bender, the city council president, said, ‘It is clear that our system of policing is not keeping our communities safe. Our efforts at incremental reform have failed, period.’ Bender added that the city council is committed to terminating Minneapolis’ relationship with the police force,” Forbes wrote. Other cities are planning similar but less dramatic options. For example, New York and Los Angeles said they will reduce budget and deploy other resources such as social and youth programs. https://cdllife.com/2020/truck-drivers-say-they-wont-deliver-to-cities-with-defunded-police-departments
  23. Westport man killed after crashing into tow truck in Rhode Island Rhode Island State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle crash on Route 95 South in the town of West Greenwich, according to a press release. The deceased is identified as Russell J. Nauta, 68, of Westport, Massachusetts. He was transported from the scene by emergency medical services and later pronounced dead at Kent County Hospital. He was the driver and only occupant of a grey Toyota sport utility vehicle traveling on Route 95 south in the town of West Greenwich when the crash occurred. At approximately 8:30 a.m. this morning, Troopers from the Rhode Island State Police Hope Valley Barracks responded to the report of a motor vehicle crash on Route 95 south, south of Weaver Hill Road. Upon arrival at the crash scene, troopers observed a multi-vehicle collision with injuries involving a tow truck. The preliminary investigation indicates the tow truck was stopped and in the process of loading a disabled motor vehicle when a third vehicle entered the breakdown lane and collided with the stopped tow truck. The tow truck operator and the motorist whose vehicle was in the process of being towed were not injured. There were no lane restrictions at the time of the crash. The tow truck is owned by Astro Wrecker Services in West Warwick. The investigation is ongoing by Troopers from the Hope Valley Barracks, State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit, and members from the State Police Forensic Services Unit. RESOURCE LINK
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