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Pipo's Towing driver run over by own truck (MA)


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Pipo's Towing driver run over by own truck, another tow truck driver injured in Worcester

Two tow truck drivers suffered broken bones but are expected to survive after being injured by their own ramp truck while towing a car on Haviland Street in Worcester on Friday, according to Worcester police.


One of the tow truck drivers, from Pipo's Towing, was run over by the truck as they were towing a Honda, police and witnesses said.

The other tow truck driver was inside the Honda. As the Honda was being loaded onto the ramp truck, witnesses said the truck hit a tree and came to a stop, causing the tow truck driver to fall out of the Honda.


Worcester Police spokesman Lt. Sean Murtha said both men suffered broken bones and were brought to the hospital. They are expected to survive.


Police responded to a crash on Haviland Street around 1:30 p.m. Murtha said the brakes failed on the tow truck, causing the truck to run over one driver and injure the other.


Amarilies Huertas was with several friends on Haviland street when the crash happened.


Her friend's car, the Honda, had broken down on the road earlier in the day. The women returned to the scene when Pipo's Towing called and said they were on the way.


As the tan Honda sedan was being loaded onto the tow truck, Huertas said the truck lost its brakes and began to roll down the hill toward Highland Street. She said the driver ran after the truck and tried to stop it, but fell and was run over. 


Huertas said the man's partner was inside the Honda as it was being loaded onto the tow truck, and was ejected from the sedan as the tow truck came to a stop.


"He fell because the tow truck hit the tree and his door was open," she said.


No one answered a phone call to the number listed for Pipo's Towing.


The Worcester Police Truck Team and the Accident Reconstruction Unit were on scene investigating the accident.


Huertas said she and her friends planned to visit both tow truck drivers in the hospital after speaking with police. 



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Late 90's 4700, I would surmise that the parking brake on the driveshaft has seen zero maintenance and they were probably using a micolock as the primary parking brake. Just my guess.

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