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  1. A 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee involved in a fatal crash on Interstate 90 Tuesday night drove onto the back of a flatbed tow truck before vaulting over the cab and rolling, the South Dakota Highway Patrol says. The driver of the Jeep, a 43-year-old woman, was driving east on Interstate 90 near Brandon when she collided with a tow truck that was trying to pull another car out of the median, Highway Patrol spokesman Tony Mangan said. The woman drove onto the lowered flatbed of the tow truck and the Jeep vaulted over the cab and rolled, throwing the woman from the vehicle, Mangan said. She was not wearing a seatbelt. The woman died at the scene of the crash. Her name has not yet been released publicly. The 28-year-old man driving the tow truck was not hurt. Brenda Kimpling was driving home to Ellsworth, Minnesota, with her granddaughters in the backseat when she saw the tow truck pulled off to the side of the road on the left side. As she neared it, she said an SUV tried to pass her vehicle. The SUV then drove up the back of the tow truck. As Kimpling continued on, she saw the SUV become airborne before it landed on the road behind her and rolled. Afraid that the vehicle would collide with hers, Kimpling hit the gas and got off the interstate as quickly as she could. "(It) just started twirling in the air," Kimpling said. "I was just numb." Kimpling said the tow truck had its taillights on, but no flashing lights. She suspects the lack of flashing amber lights may have contributed to the cause of the crash. "(The driver) must not have seen it," Kimpling said. South Dakota law says tow trucks are allowed to have flashing lights, similar to those on police or other emergency vehicles, but that drivers are only allowed to use them when actively helping move a disabled vehicle or if law enforcement requests them for safety purposes. Highway Patrol spokesman Tony Mangan said the cause of the crash, along with whether or not the tow truck used its flashing lights, is still being investigated. RESOURCE LINK
  2. John Stockton of Wareham, who leaves family in Buzzards Bay, died March 3 at home. He was 69. He was the son of the late John and Amy (Denson) Stockton. Mr. Stockton was born in Wareham and lived there for many years. He graduated from Bourne High School in 1967. He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. Mr. Stockton worked as a tow truck driver and auto mechanic for M. Sylvester Towing in Falmouth. He was a fan of the Bruins, Red Sox and Patriots, and enjoyed motorcycles and making models. He leaves seven children, John C. Stockton, Laura Stockton, Christopher J. Stockton, Crystal M. Stockton-Shortell, John S. Stockton, Jessica L. Stockton and Danielle Taylor; three sisters, Pat Gracia, Carol Blanchette and Ethel Morse, all of Buzzards Bay; a brother, Randy Stockton of Buzzards Bay; 19 grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces. He was the father of the late Daniel Raymond Stockton. Visitation will be Thursday, March 7, from 9:30 to 10:30 AM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 2599 Cranberry Highway in Wareham. Burial will follow at 11:30 at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. RESOURCE LINK ----------------------- Obituary Notification
  3. A Roaring River woman has been charged in the January death of a tow-truck operator. Dorothy Dowell, of Roaring River, has been charged with driving too fast for the conditions of the roadway in relation to the incident. According to authorities, Dowell was operating the vehicle which struck and killed Benny Gray Sprinkle of State Road on Jan. 19 at about 7:30 p.m. According to Capt. Josh Tulbert of the Elkin Police Department, Sprinkle, 59, was working for Moody’s Garage on N.C. 268 Bypass west of Elkin preparing load a vehicle onto a rollback when he was struck and fatally injured by Dowell’s vehicle. Tulbert had reported previously that it had been dark and raining at the time the accident was dispatched. The charges against Dowell came following a meeting with the DA’s office, the Elkin Police Department and Sprinkle’s family, Tulbert said. “The investigation regarding the accident has been completed by the Surry County District Attorney’s Office,” reported Tulbert. “Mr. Sprinkle’s family knows that it was an accident and there was no intent involved. The family feels that everyone involved has suffered long enough and has reached out to the Dowell family to help them get through this crisis as well.” RESOURCE LINK
  4. Benny Sprinkle was killed while attempting to load a car onto a rollback on January 19. ELKIN, N.C. — Police have issued charges a month and a half after a tow truck driver unexpectedly died after he was hit by a driver while loading a car onto his rollback. The accident happened on January 19, 2019, around 7:30 p.m., on Hwy 268 West By-Pass in Elkin. The accident involved a vehicle driven by Dorothy Dowell of Roaring River, and Benny Gray Sprinkle of State Road. Sprinkle was attempting to load a vehicle onto rollback when he was hit and killed by Dowell's vehicle. This week, the investigation regarding the accident has been completed by the Surry County District Attorney’s Office. In a release, Elkin Police state that Sprinkle's family "knows that it was an accident and there was no intent involved. The family feels that everyone involved has suffered long enough and has reached out to the Dowell family to help them get through this crisis as well." Police say, after a meeting with the DA's Office, the Elkin Police Department and Sprinkle’s family, police charged Dowell with driving too fast for the conditions of the roadway. RESOURCE LINK with video
  5. Officers arrested two tow truck drivers for breach of peace after they got into a scuffle over towing duties in the Weston Road commuter lot, police said today. Kalwant Bhullar, 60 of Norwalk, and Avtar Kullar, 45 of Bridgeport, each were charged with breach of peace upon their arrest Friday at 9:30 a.m. at a local service center, the report said. “Officers learned employees, Kalwant Bhullar and Avtar Kullar, were involved in a physical altercation in the Weston Road commuter lot over towing duties,” said Lt. Jillian Cabana. She said both were issued misdemeanor summonses and are scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Thursday, March 14. RESOURCE LINK
  6. Tow truck driver hospitalized after being struck roadside while helping motorist SHAKOPEE, Minn. (FOX 9) - A tow truck driver was seriously hurt while assisting police with a crash on Hwy. 169 in Shakopee Saturday and his colleagues say it’s been especially dangerous on roads lately as drivers help people who are stuck. Adam Walker is one tow truck driver who is worried about his safety after his friend and colleague went to the hospital Saturday. Walker says his co worker was working to pull cars out of ditches from Friday night’s snowfall when he was stopped on the shoulder of Hwy. 169 northbound. The State Patrol said one of their troopers was also pulled off to the side with the tow truck. Both vehicles had their lights on. Investigators say a 34-year-old man driving an SUV lost control and smashed into the back of the tow. “Even though the there’s not a lot of damage to the back of the tow truck his colleagues say the driver, who was sitting right here in the front seat, took the brunt of the impact,” Walker said. “He has a broken leg and three broken ribs.” Walker says over the last few weeks, he’s seen chaos on the roads while responding to people needing his He says people fail to pull over for safety at risk. “We are all here to do one job and that’s to help people in need,” Walker said. “If you see a tow truck or a semi-truck or if you see any hazards on the road for that matter, whether it’s a state trooper or a cop or not, get over.” The State Patrol tells me the driver of the SUV stayed on scene and was cited for failure to drive with due care. RESOURCE LINK with video
  7. ST. REGIS — John G. Schober, 86, passed away Feb. 14, 2019, at Community Medical Center, surrounded by family and friends. John was born June 11, 1932, in Osage, Minnesota, to John and Alice Schober. As a young boy, John, “Johnny”, grew up on his family’s farm surrounded by six brothers and three sisters. While attending school full time, he also worked on the farm raising livestock and growing crops. After the family farm burnt in the early '40s, John, along with his father, hopped aboard a train bound for Wenatchee, Washington. Once there he spent the next several years working alongside his family in the apple orchards. In 1951 “Johnny” headed off on yet another adventure. This time, he landed in Sandpoint, Idaho, where he met and married his first wife Evelyn Miller, to that union there were five children. He spent the following 10 years driving long-haul and working in the logging industry. In the early '60s, wanderlust stuck John once again. He headed off to Spokane, Washington, where he married his second wife Bonnie Johnson, to that union there were two children. During that time, he was employed by United Paving, later becoming a superintendent for Inland Asphalt. Having to travel so much, John decided he needed a quicker mode of transportation, so he set out to acquire his private pilot’s license and a small plane. John took to the skies like a ‘bird in flight.’ However, wanting a better life for his family, “Johnny” set out on his last adventure. In 1976, John moved to St. Regis and started Schober’s Towing and Repair. He spent the next 43 years building his business into one of the largest towing companies in western Montana. During that time, he met, fell in love, and later married his current wife Kathy Kelley in 1997. She brought to the union four children. In 2014, John was awarded the American Towman Award for his outstanding achievements and years of service in the towing industry. In 2016 he was acknowledged for 40 years of donating his wrecker services at the Sanders County Demolition Derby. John was also a 20-year member of the Montana Tow Truck Association. John was an active member of his community. He served on the board for the St. Regis Community Council as well as the St. Regis Community Park. John was also instrumental in the construction of the local Community Center. For 10 years he coordinated the annual Firecracker Softball Tournament. At his time of death, John was the oldest acting member of the St. Regis Volunteer Fire Department. In his spare time, John enjoyed flying, hunting, parasailing, attending his grandchildren’s sporting events, and spending time with his loved ones. He was deeply loved by both his family and friends and will be missed dearly. John "Johnny" Schober will always be remembered as living his life to the fullest. John was preceded in death by his parents, seven brothers, three sisters, one step-grandson, and one step-great-grandson. Survivors include his beloved wife Kathy Schober of St. Regis, his children, Vicki Hansen (Morgan) of Boise, Idaho, Brian Schober (Betty) of Spirit Lake, Idaho, Donna Hensley of Arlington, Washington, Roxie Craig (Bill) of Lyle, Oregon, Craig Schober of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Michael Schober of North Bend, Oregon, Michelle Schober-Simkins (Ernie) of St. Regis. Step-children Donnie Kelley (Dawn) of Elkland, Missouri, Debbie Veach (Jimmy) of Thompson Falls, Larry Kelley (Dione) of Osburn, Idaho, Gary Kelley (Sarah) of St. Regis, 14 grandchildren, and 20 great-grandchildren, 14 step-grandchildren, and 18 step-great-grandchildren. A celebration of John’s life will be held March 23 at 2 p.m. at the St. Regis School Gymnasium followed by a potluck reception at the St. Regis Community Center. A wrecker processional will be held prior to the memorial. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Shriners Children’s Hospital John Schober Memorial 911 W. Fifth Ave. Spokane, WA 99204
  8. VALLEY CITY, ND (Valley News Live) Several individuals were injured after a semi rear-ended a tow truck on I-94 East of Valley City Friday, March 1st. The North Dakota Highway Patrol reports that at around 11:45 AM, a flatbed tow truck was stopped on the left side of I-94 removing a passenger vehicle from the median. The driver was outside of the truck when he saw a semi approaching, rear-ending the tow truck. The tow truck driver was able to get out of the way and was not injured. The semi came to rest facing west in the driving lanes of westbound I-94. Semi driver Walther Hernandez, 29, of Colton, CA was ejected from the semi and sustained serious injuries. He was transported to Sanford Hospital in Fargo. Semi passenger Brianna Williams, 20, was also injured. She was treated and released from Mercy Hospital in Valley City. The crash remains under investigation. RESOURCE LINK Driver ejected, passenger injured in semi crash on I-94 VALLEY CITY, N.D. — The driver of a semi truck was seriously injured after colliding with a flatbed tow truck parked on the side of I-94 at 11:45 a.m. Friday, March 1, about six miles east of Valley City. The loaded 2010 Freightliner semi truck and trailer was traveling west on I-94 when it rear-ended the tow truck that was stopped on the left side of the road to remove a passenger vehicle from the median, according to the release. The driver, Walther Hernandez, 29, of Colton, Calif., was badly injured after he was ejected from the semi. He was transported to Sanford Hospital by ambulance. The lone passenger, Brianna Williams, 20, of Loma Lina, Calif., was treated for injuries and released from Mercy Hospital in Valley City. The driver of the 2003 International tow truck was not in the vehicle at the time of the incident. He saw the semi approaching and was able to get out of the way before the collision occurred. There was significant rear and undercarriage damage to the tow truck. The semi came to rest facing west in the driving lanes of westbound I-94. The tow truck came to rest facing east in the median. Road conditions at the time of the crash included scattered ice and light snow. The crash is under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol. RESOURCE LINK
  9. CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (CBS4) – A judge has significantly reduced the seriousness of the charges a truck driver faces over the death of a Colorado State Patrol trooper. Noe Gamez-Ruiz was set to go on trial for a third time after two mistrials were declared, but that may change now that he faces only a misdemeanor charge instead of a felony charge. Trooper Cody Donahue died in November 2016 after being hit by a semi-trailer driven by Noe Gamez-Ruiz on Interstate 25 near the Tomah exit close to Castle Rock. Donahue was standing in the shoulder of the highway filling out a crash report when he was struck. Gamez-Ruiz was charged with criminally negligent homicide in the deadly crash. Last month, the second mistrial was declared in the case because the prosecution didn’t give information to the defense attorneys. The first trial ended in a mistrial in September 2018. Court officials say the judge made the ruling because the prosecution failed to disclose information to defense lawyers. Since Donahue’s death, then-Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law the Move Over For Cody act which created strict penalties for drivers who don’t move over a lane when passing law enforcement, highway workers or tow truck drivers. RESOURCE LINK
  10. HARRISONBURG — In Tuesday’s meeting, City Council approved city staff moving forward with a towing advisory board. The board is required by state law for any municipality that uses private contractors for towing services by law enforcement. Council was not required to approve the proposed ordinance at the meeting as expected. Staff planned to seek approval of an ordinance regulating how the Harrisonburg Police Department would choose tow truck operators to remove illegally parked vehicles, but City Attorney Chris Brown said Tuesday that “we got a little ahead of ourselves.” “What we are asking for tonight is the authority for staff to begin recruiting members for the towing advisory board,” Brown said at the Tuesday meeting. Voting in favor was Mayor Deanna Reed, Councilmen Chris Jones, Richard Baugh, George Hirschmann and Sal Romero. Brown, Wesley Russ, assistant city attorney, and Cpl. Wayne Westfall began working on the project a couple of months ago and will move forward in filling the six seats for the board. The board is required to be comprised of two tow truck operators, two police officers and two city residents. Russ said in an interview Wednesday that Westfall has towing operators in mind who would be interested in being on the board, as well as a few residents who know about towing. The application to sit on the board will be posted on the city’s website under the boards and commission page this week, according to Russ. Brown said in the council meeting that tow truck operators sitting on the board cannot also be on the list operators for the city police department. Council will review the proposed ordinance and make a recommendation to council on the ordinance. Council will also appoint the members of the board once staff presents the applications of those who applied to sit on the board. RESOURCE LINK
  11. COLUMBUS, Ohio--A Northeast Ohio lawmaker is looking to make it illegal for towing companies to hire “spotters” to report illegally parked vehicles. Under House Bill 113, introduced Thursday by state Rep. Tom Patton, towing officials caught using spotters could face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Patton, a Strongsville Republican, said he introduced the bill after WEWS-TV in Cleveland did a report last year on the use of spotters. “To actually employ people whose sole job is to call it in…it didn’t pass the smell test for me,” Patton said. Patton said he wasn’t sure how widespread the use of towing spotters is in Ohio. “It’s something we’ll find out - is this truly a problem?” he said. “Obviously, the folks at Channel 5 thought it was a problem.” RESOURCE LINK
  12. ATLANTA, Ga., March 1, 2019 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Tow Atlanta is proud to announce the arrival of TARVA, Tow Atlanta’s Recovery Vehicle Autobot-Robot that goes into low clearance parking decks/garages and other tight areas where vehicles may become disabled and physically carries them out. TARVA is only the second robot from EasTract (a French Company) to be operational in the United States. This equipment makes getting vehicles out of tight areas and low clearance parking decks/garages with cramped space easier and will cut the time and physical effort required to get vehicles out of these areas. Prior to TARVA people had to endure the physical task of pushing the Vehicles out, risking physical injury & property damage. TARVA specializes in Parking Garages that are between 5 and 7 feet in height and also Vehicles without keys or locked steering columns. It also has a track system to move and a winch, so it can go into muddy area’s and pull vehicles out as well as carrying cars from the side and lifting motorcycles off the ground. TARVA will also eliminate the need for an additional wrecker needed for the newer aluminum alloy frame vehicles which include Audi, BMW/Mini, Mercedes, Porsche, VW and Volvo. Because the TARVA will pick up the vehicle and load both onto the truck and drive away after being strapped down. Parking Facilities Managers and Property Owners are thrilled with the very low liability risk exposure due to the reduction of RISK due to TARVA operating in a surgical manner with the way it operates and removes the vehicle out of the facility in a surgical manner compared to the bringing-in a full sized wrecker into a compact and tight area of the parking facilities and risking damages to other vehicles with the boom. TARVA is unique, versatile and strong. It does tasks that have never been used inside parking structures and cramped areas. This equipment has been in use several years by Parking Companies and Property Managers in Europe and now available in Atlanta to resolve these complicated issues with all the Atlanta Parking Lots and Garages. The Insurance Industry say this Equipment is a big game changer for the Towing industry in Atlanta. Tow Atlanta is the only Towing Company in the State that offers enclosed towing services and provides Certified Consensual Towing Services to Vehicles at the motorist’s request. Tow Atlanta specializes in the Towing of Luxury, Exotic and Antique Vehicles and is the Official Manufacture Tow Provider for Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Karma, McLaren, Lamborghini, Porsche, Rolls Royce and Tesla. They have all the manufacturer certifications & required special equipment loaded on all their trucks. They possess $600K On-hook insurance Coverage for Towing of the Luxury and Exotic & Antique Vehicles. The Insurance Association ranks them in the top 1 percent of all towing companies in the United States because of their training, equipment on and high level of services offered that other tow providers can match. Tow Atlanta is unique because of: Tow Atlanta has the lowest load angle flatbed truck in the United States; Tow Atlanta has the only enclosed flatbed tow truck in Georgia; Tow Atlanta Voted Best Towing Service in 2017 and again in 2018; Tow Atlanta proud sponsor of the 2019 Atlanta Concours d’elegance. This equipment is available 24 Hours a Day, 7 days a week at Tow Atlanta. Learn more: http://towexotic.com/ Call Syre Perkins, J.D. 404-788-4848 to schedule a live demonstration. Resource Link
  13. LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– Delong Road will be shut down for a short period of time Friday as crews remove a car that crashed into the ditch. Police say around 5 a.m. they got a call about a car near some trees, but the driver was not around. Authorities contacted the driver, who said he crashed around 11 p.m. Thursday. The road was closed for a short time so the vehicle could be towed, but the tow truck driver fell and was taken to the hospital. Crews will attempt to remove the car again around 9 a.m., at which time the road will be closed.
  14. Mike Matousek, OOIDA’s manager of government affairs, recently testified at the Missouri statehouse in support of two bills that would add consumer protections for truckers who are forced to have their tractor-trailer towed in the state. Matousek told Missouri’s Senate Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety Committee on Feb. 21 that bill S323 would provide small-business truckers a means of contesting unreasonable charges regarding nonconsensual tows. A nonconsensual tow is one that is initiated by law enforcement with no opportunity for the trucker to negotiate services or compare prices. “I had a lot of great questions from lawmakers on the transportation committee,” Matousek told Land Line Now. “What was eye-opening to them is that there is no recourse or no regulation whatsoever when it comes to nonconsensual towing of commercial motor vehicles in Missouri.” Matousek also informed the lawmakers about some of the invoices that OOIDA members have received for nonconsensual tows in Missouri and in other states. “One of the invoices I used was $43,000 that a member of ours in Missouri got in December,” he said. “I also highlighted some of the highest ones I’ve seen across the country – $250,000 in Pennsylvania, $185,000 in West Virginia, and $154,000 in New York. Those are some huge numbers, and it does get the attention of lawmakers when you bring those up.” Missouri Sen. Lincoln Hough introduced S323, which would create a Commercial Motor Vehicle Towing Advisory Committee, comprised of government and industry stakeholders, tasked with developing recommendations regarding regulations for the towing of commercial motor vehicles but gives the state discretion for the adoption of those recommendations. A similar bill, HR749, was introduced in the House by Missouri Rep. Nate Tate. OOIDA supports both bills as they would both give truckers a way to contest an invoice when they believe they were overcharged. “Small-business truckers keep getting stuck with towing bills that are arbitrarily inflated by thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars,” Matousek said. “The impact on them is financially devastating. There’s no meaningful recourse in Missouri, and the problem continues to get worse.” Matousek added that the bill isn’t attempt to negatively affect towing companies in Missouri. Instead, the consumer protections are only meant to eliminate the bad actors who take advantage of the current system. “The towing industry plays a vital role in recovering tractor-trailers when they are in a crash, and we need to have a healthy towing and recovery industry without question,” he said. “But that still doesn’t mean that they should be able to charge whatever they want with no consumer protections whatsoever.” RESOURCE LINK
  15. INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — City-County Councilman Joseph Simpson noticed a problem. Whenever a stolen vehicle was recovered in Marion County, it was sent to an impound lot. The Indianapolis Metropoliatan Police Department often send the vehicles there to examine for possible evidence. However, once the victims go to the impound lot to pick it up their vehicles, they receive a bill. Often the bills are in the hundreds of dollars. Simpson has put together a proposal that would give residents a seven-day grace period before they are charged by IMPD. "This is straightforward. This is something taxpayers should not have been paying for," Simpson said. Before putting together the proposal, Simpson discovered through the city attorney that several cities use the same seven-day grace period. The proposal has a number of hurdles to clear, but Simpson said he remains confident it will become law. RESOURCE LINK with video
  16. The 38-year-old was aiding a stranded motorist when struck, officials said. MARIN COUNTY, CA – The Marin County Sheriff's Office has identified a tow-truck driver who was struck and killed while helping a stranded motorist on U.S. Highway 101 in Sausalito Tuesday afternoon as James Robert Morris, 38, of Benicia. Morris worked for Wiler's Tow in Vallejo, California Highway Patrol Officer Andrew Barclay said. A woman who answered the phone at Wiler's Tow Wednesday morning said the company did not want to talk about the fatality at this time. Morris died when he was struck by a vehicle on southbound Highway 101 around 2:25 p.m. Tuesday. Barclay said the CHP is still investigating the fatal crash. The preliminary investigation indicates a female driver of a Toyota Prius stopped on the right-hand shoulder of the highway to call a tow truck. Morris responded, parked the tow truck in front of the Prius and told the driver to stand away from her car. While Morris was attending to the Prius, a male driver lost control of his Chevrolet Silverado truck and crashed into the Prius, pushing it into the tow truck, Barclay said. Morris died at the scene. The Prius driver was not injured and the Chevrolet driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Marin General Hospital, Barclay said. The fatal crash closed southbound Highway 101 until around 4:50 p.m. RESOURCE LINK
  17. HAMILTON COUNTY, Neb. - A Missouri man got jail, probation and a fine for his part in a fatal accident on I-80 near Grand Island last year. Victor Genetti, 30, of Sugar Creek, Missouri, was convicted of misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide in Hamilton County Court. He was arrested March First last year for a crash at mile marker 321 on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes. A vehicle driven by India Marie Simpson, 26, of Waxhaw, North Carolina, had become disabled. While she was walking from her vehicle to tow-truck, a semi driven by Genetti entered the shoulder and struck Simpson. Genetti Tuesday was sentenced to 32 days in jail, two years probation and a $1,000 fine. RESOURCE LINK
  18. Working on News Reports Tow Truck Driver Killed In Crash On Southbound 101 In Sausalito SAUSALITO (CBS SF) — A tow truck driver was killed along U.S. Highway 101 in Sausalito Tuesday when a vehicle lost control and struck him as he was loading a vehicle onto the truck bed. The California Highway Patrol in Marin County the crash happened shortly before 2:30 p.m. on southbound US-101 north of Spencer Avenue in Sausalito. The incident blocked the two right lanes for about two and a half hours before authorities reopened the lanes at around 4:50 p.m. The CHP said the tow truck driver was loading a black Prius onto the bed of the truck when a silver pick-up truck spun out and hit the tow truck. The force of the collision hit the Prius into the tow truck driver and killed him. He died at the scene. Preliminary information indicates the female driver of the Prius had pulled to the right shoulder to call the tow truck, CHP Officer Andrew Barclay said. The Prius driver was standing away from the vehicles and was not hurt. The Chevrolet driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Marin General Hospital, Barclay said. Neither drugs nor alcohol are suspected as a cause in the collision. RESOURCE LINK with video Tow Truck Driver Dies in Crash While Helping Disabled Vehicle on Highway 101 in Sausalito A male tow truck driver died when a Chevrolet pickup crashed into a disabled Toyota Prius on the right-hand shoulder of southbound Highway 101 Tuesday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol said. Preliminary information indicates the female driver of the Prius pulled to the right shoulder to call a tow truck, CHP Officer Andrew Barclay said. The tow truck driver pulled in front of the Prius and told the driver to wait outside away from the Prius, Barclay said. As the tow truck driver worked on the Prius, the driver of a silver Chevrolet Silverado lost control of his truck and crashed into the Prius, which then struck the tow truck and tow truck driver, Barclay said. The Prius' driver was not injured, and the Chevrolet driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Marin General Hospital, Barclay said. The crash happened around 2:25 p.m. and southbound Highway 101 was cleared around 4:50 p.m., according to Barclay. RESOURCE LINK Tow truck driver killed on Highway 101 in Sausalito when passing motorist loses control in rain A tow truck driver assisting a motorist on the right southbound shoulder of Highway 101 in Sausalito died after a passing vehicle lost control and crashed into his AAA tow truck Tuesday afternoon, officials said. The AAA driver — whose name was not immediately released — was connecting a disabled Toyota Prius on the right shoulder of Highway 101 just north of Spencer Avenue and asked the Prius driver to wait inside the cab of his tow truck around 2:30 p.m., said Sgt. Bryan Williams, a spokesman for California Highway Patrol’s Marin office. While he was connecting the Prius to his tow truck, a gray Chevrolet Silverado traveling in the far left lane lost control due to the “rainy, wet roadway,” crossed all southbound lanes and crashed into the rear of the tow truck, Williams said. The force of the impact caused the tow truck to strike the driver, who was on the other side of the tow truck, Williams said. He died at the scene. The driver of the Prius, who was sitting in the cab of the tow truck when it was hit, was not injured, Williams said. The driver of the Silverado, whom police did not identify, stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators, Williams said. He was later transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The right two lanes of southbound 101 were temporarily closed Tuesday afternoon while officials cleared the scene. Officials are investigating the fatal crash, Williams said. RESOURCE LINK ANOTHER RELATED NEWS LINK
  19. I was asked in a PM if I could report the incidents involving Police officers who have been struck and or their department vehicles. If I was asked this last year just finding the stories was a little difficult. This year their are numerous reports and the injuries are adding up quickly. While the number of deaths have not reached that of Tow Truck Operators the instances are increasing daily. If I were to attempt to report them I would surely miss half of them. So, I will search the police related sites to see if any of them report such events. Just to note he latest I heard was a Knoxville, Tn rookie officer who was out of his vehicle with an FTO when he was struck and Killed by a Hit & Run Driver. So Sad...
  20. BRANDON, FL -- The left lane of the access ramp to the exit from northbound Interstate 75 to State Road 60 was closed for more than an hour Saturday due to a vehicle fire. At 1:16 p.m. Feb. 23, a tow truck was transporting a vehicle when the vehicle caught fire. There were no injuries. RESOURCE LINK
  21. Tower Down: 02.23.19 GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) -- An investigation is underway after a driver crashed into a patrol car then a tow truck operator, killing him. The tow truck driver was helping DPS troopers clear a scene near the Gulf Freeway and Teichman Road on Saturday. Investigators say the driver slammed into a DPS patrol car, narrowly missing the trooper, before hitting the tow truck driver. The trooper tried to save that man, but he died at the hospital. No word yet on whether charges will be filed. RESOURCE LINK with video Gary DeBose:
  22. An officer was sent to the 900 block of Oak Street at 8:39 p.m. Jan. 27 in response to a caller who said someone took the keys to his 1999 Peterbilt semitruck. He told police he usually starts the tow truck every two hours to keep it warm, because he is on call 24/7. He started his truck and left it unlocked. He went outside at 8:30 p.m. to shut off the truck, but found it wasn’t running and the keys were missing. The resident told police he believes it might have been a neighbor, due to a previous civil dispute over a parking space. The officer spoke with the neighbor, who denied taking the keys. The officer told her if she finds the keys to return them to the truck or to call Wyandotte police. Mystery Solved... At 9:36 p.m. a dispatcher notified the officer that the resident called back to say his keys “magically appeared on the truck step.” Should have had a camera on it, just for laughs and put it on youtube. RESOURCE LINK
  23. WINNESHIEK COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) – Winneshiek County authorities are reminding drivers to slow down and move over for emergency vehicles, including tow trucks. A release from the Winneshiek County Sheriff’s office states Bill’s Towing in Decorah was pulling a vehicle out of a ditch along Highway 52 near Calmar when a semi, driven by Scott Kime of Waucoma, lost control on the highway and hit the tow truck. The crash knocked the driver of the tow truck, William Keefe, to the ground. No one had to be taken to the hospital, but the crash remains under investigation by the Winneshiek County Sheriff. RESOURCE LINK
  24. NORTH COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com)-- Rescue efforts are underway after a car crashed into a home in Vinita Park early Thursday morning. Emergency crews responded to a home in the 8300 block of Page Ave near North & South, around 6:15 a.m. It is unknown if any injuries were reported or the number of passengers inside the car. Moments later, News 4 crews on scene watched several cars spin out on a nearby icy road close to the accident. One driver of a red Honda slammed into the back of a flatbed tow truck, just inches away from the home. The tow truck driver was transported to a local hospital, according to News 4 crews on scene. RESOURCE LINK with video
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