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Tribute to a fallen towman at a Trucking show in the West of England


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I had the honour of being part of the commentary team  at the Recovery demonstrations  held at the South West of England  Truckfest last weekend..


Before the demonstrations began....we held a one minutes silence in memory of Tom Watson  who was tragically killed by a semi  whilst loading a broken down car onto his truck ... two women passengers also perished ...

The driver of the semi was arrested at the scene for causing death by driving  whilst under the influence  of drugs ....

I made an impassioned appeal  to the audience.... when they see flashing emergency lights at the side of the road .....please slow down and if possible move over .....too many lives are being lost at the roadside and families losing their loved ones....these guys go out to work and never come home ....tragic !!!

I had a video of part of our commentary...but I dont seem to be able to upload it onto this post   but it is on FB 


I took some pictures of some of the tow trucks at that event ...and managed to upload them ...enjoy ...





A 6x6 Foden  Formerly  first line NATO reserve vehicle  fitted with a 30 ton drag winch to the rear  and a 20 winch to the front   a very versatile off road vehicle.

Owned by Slades Garage ...




A very well presented immaculate 6 seater Renault  Rollback   with a payload of 5 tons  it also has a 2nd car lift  ideal for  distance recovery's      From Ashley Wood Recovery 







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Every time I see these pics I think what an amazement people must think of your Peterbilt with a big hood...LoL


Great that you were able to present a tribute to the fallen operator. When I hear situations like this one, it reminds you to be pro-active on you're own safety. The "Move Over" laws don't work for situations like this. The truck driver was already breaking the law...and his impairment will set the destiny of the circumstance. Godspeed to the families involved in the tragedy. 


Thanks for the pics John.

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