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Colorado Tower Down, 12-28-06


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Man Killed in Storm-Related Accident

Last Edited: Friday, 29 Dec 2006, 8:21 AM MST
Created: Friday, 29 Dec 2006, 8:21 AM MST

State emergency management officials say a man has died as a result of the latest snowstorm.

The Colorado Division of Emergency Management says the man was struck at 10:30 last night in Kit Carson County when he was trying to load a car onto his tow truck.

Officials say a motorist was traveling west on Interstate-70 when he lost control and hit the man. They say the motorist was traveling at 40 to 50 miles an hour.

The division says the Colorado State Patrol has confirmed the accident was related to bad road conditions.

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Tow-truck driver struck, killed on I-70

A tow truck driver was struck and killed by a motorist while working during Thursday night's storm on Interstate 70 near Burlington.

Joe C. Tatenhorst, 60, of Burlington was struck while out of his truck to assist a motorist near mile post 440, about two miles east of Burlington, the Colorado State Patrol reported, The accident occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

A tan 2004 Ford Taurus was traveling westbound on I-70 when the driver lost control and struck Tatenhorst, the state patrol reported. The Taurus continued out of control and struck Tatenhorst's 1991 International tow truck that was parked and unattended.

The Ford continued after impact and came to rest on all wheels in the right lane of I-70.

The driver of the Ford Taurus was identified as Bennie L. Hoskins Jr., 28, of Denver. He and three passengers were unhurt.

Alcohol, and drugs are not suspected as contributing factors, however speed is suspected, CSP reported



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Preferred Recovery said:

Our prayers go out to all involved.. Mark.
Lincoln, Rhode Island


For The Industry said:

Our prayers will be with the family during this holiday season.
-Jeffrey Godwin


Stevo said:

So very sad, My thoughts and prayers for his friends and family.Steve

The sword of justice has no scabbard.
Choice Towing & Recovery
Fredericksburg, Va


In memory of Da Wash Boss who said:

Such sad news,,,, our prayers to him and his family.

Danny Cassello
East Hartford, CT


general tow said:

Sad news AGAIN. We are losing too many. Our condolences and prayers for the family.


Forgivenone said:

My thoughts and prayers for his family. As I was updating the tower's memorial website and the tower's death record list, I was made aware of his passing. Do you guys realize how hard it is to do this and not cry for those who have passed? Please my brothers and sisters, be careful and vigilant in your awareness out there on the side of the road hooking and loading your vehicles. Look and prepare for a way out if anything comes barreling your way. Peace,...


Doreen Aragona said:

This is just sad. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and co-workers.

Meier Towing said:

Our prayers & condolences to family & friends..Jamie,


Fredstowingnj said:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and the company


Stevo said:

Dan, I sure dont envy your job and I just want to say Thanks for doing it. Everytime I get a email about another brother hurt or killed it hurts, but having to add it to the list must be unbearable. Im so glad we have a community here that lets us all vent and turn to for support when we need to. Thanks againSteve

The sword of justice has no scabbard.
Choice Towing & Recovery
Fredericksburg, Va


micheal212 said:

Very, very Sad.
Our thoughts & Prayers go out to those involved.



mountain towman said:

Our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends. May he Rest in Peace.


towman416 said:

Me and my family prayer for the family and all involved.
kenny smith
kenny smith`s towing service


Oldtrucks said:

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Judy and Doug
Maple Ridge B.C."Tow them like you own them"


Heffy004 said:

Our thoughts & prayers also go out to everyone involved in this tragedy.

Everytime it snows.......

Joe's family will be reminded of this, plus the Holiday Season will never be the same again for his family.

10 miles / hour slower........Would have probably prevented his untimely death & let the driver maintain more control of his car.

May he rest in eternal peace.

HEFFY & all the employees of D & E Service.

To many of these notices keep coming. Please be safe.


curt sharp said:

Our extended Family here will keep you in our prayers.


aatowing said:

Such sad news. My thoughts and prayers to his family,freinds and co-workers.


CASPER 2 said:

Our prayers to his family

Chris Hillyer



nytowboss said:

prays and condolences to familywm98943

sometimes you win sometimes you lose sometimes it don't even pay to play


Buddy Corgan said:

Very sad. Our thoughts and prayers to family and friends.


applepiejoe said:

Very sad and unnecessary loss of life. Our thoughts and prayers go to all involved. Larry


Screen name unknown said:

Another brother in towing gone at such a young age.
My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends.
God bless and keep safe all.
Donald F Burgett
Burgett's Towing II,Inc.


Love To Hook said:
my prayers will be with the mlj


T and B Towing said:

My thoughts and prayers for his family


Chucks Towing said:

He will be in our thoughts and prayers, Very Sad. Be safe Out There CHUCK



Caleb1 said:

My wife and I send our thoughts, and prayers to his family, friends, and co-workers.



Unknown Screen Name said:

Our condolences and prayers are with the family & co-workers of Joe Tatenhorst...............................

"Another Towman is called home". Rest in peace

Rick & Bonnie Gandy Belmont-Kolmar Towing, Skokie Il.


WYOTOW said:

Our prayers go out to the family, friends, and co-works.


Jim Nichols said:

it is heart-wrenching to continue to read these and again say that his family, friends and coworkers will be in our prayers.


In Memory of Towing Grandfather who said:

He is in our prayers. Was there a patrol car standing by for protection, we ask for a patrol car to park to the rear of our incident in unsafe conditions fog , storms, sharp curves ,etc. on the NYS Thurway as they travel 65+ mph. We have lost 2 towers within 25 miles of us in the past 2 yrs.
God be with you! Warren


Dale at Rich's said:

Very said news. He is in our prayers.



Karlstowing said:

another brother lost our thoughts and prayers from everyone here at karls towing


sptow said:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved in this very sad tragedy. God Bless.


Unknown Screen Name said:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family and to all whose life he touched with his help and wonderful nature.



Unknown Screen Name said:

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family... Have lost a few good freinds thru the yrs. please be safe out there and god be with you.


joefromjd said:

This is terrible to hear. guys we got to be more careful out there so this don't happen. we can't leave anything to chance.lets all make that a new years resolution to be more careful. for all of those concerned, happy new year.


Unknown Screen Name said:

Sad news again. prayers for his family and friends...


Unknown Screen Name said:

Our thoughts & prayers are with his family, friends & co-workers.
Danny & Lisa


Unknown Screen Name said:

Our Prayers are with the families involved.

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