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Okotoks tow truck operator remains in critical condition after crash south of Calgary

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As a tow truck operator, Rob Sholter knows what it's like to see the horrific results of motor vehicle collisions. But on Thursday morning instead of responding to a wreck, he was trapped in one.


The car he was driving crashed into the back of a semi that was parked on the shoulder of the Highway 2, just south of Calgary.


Cheryl Sholter, Rob's wife, said he was covered in blood and unconscious.


"One of the firemen who was using the jaws of life said there's no way he should've survived," Sholter said. "I didn't think we'd never have to use STARS. I was really thankful for them."


Rob was airlifted by STARS to the Foothills Medical Centre, where as of Saturday, he remains on life support.


Rob's family also learned the aftermath of the crash could have been much worse. Rob's car was on fire after the crash but the driver of the semi managed to put it out before Rob could be injured further.

"He has multiple breaks and fractures so they don't know anything yet. It's kind of day-by-day and surgery-by-surgery," said Christina Sholter, Rob's sister-in-law.


Cheryl says she worries about Rob, having a job that comes with daily dangers.



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