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Tow Truck Driver Pinned Between Vehicles Airlifted to Hospital (CA)


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At 8:20 am Monday, East Contra Costa Fire Protection District firefighters were dispatched to a report of a tow truck driver pinned between two vehicles in the Raley’s parking lot on Sand Creek Road in the City of Brentwood.


According to Battalion Chief Craig Auzenne, as the vehicle was placed on the flat bed of the truck, it began to roll backwards. The tow truck driver thought he could stop it from moving but it continued to roll off which then pinned him against the bumper of another vehicle.


Auzenne stated that when firefighters arrived on scene, the tow truck driver was already free from the two vehicles and it was determined that a medical helicopter was needed due to possible internal injuries.


It was unclear where the tow truck driver was pinned or for how long, but Auzeene estimated it was a short time period.


Brentwood police are investigating the incident.




Bystanders free trapped man in Brentwood tow accident



A 25-year-old tow-truck operator was injured when he was pinned between two vehicles in Brentwood, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. Bystanders managed to free the man who was subsequently flown to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries. (Tony Kukulich/The Press)


Bystanders provided assistance to a tow-truck operator who was pinned between two vehicles Monday morning in the Raley’s parking lot on Sand Creek Road in Brentwood.


Officer Joe Nunemaker of the Brentwood Police Department said that the 25-year-old man became trapped when a BMW he was loading onto a flatbed truck rolled backward off the truck. He was pinned between the rear bumper of the BMW and the hood of a white Acura parked behind the tow truck. Approximately 12 bystanders who witnessed the accident worked together to lift the BMW enough to allow the man to escape.


“When we got here, he was already on the ground and covered with blankets,” said Nunemaker. “They did a really good job getting him out of there.”


The extent of the victim’s injuries was unknown, though an exchange between firefighters and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District (ConFire) dispatch center indicated that he suffered injuries to his chest caused by the compression. The man was reported to be alert and conscious as he was transported from the scene by a CalStar helicopter that landed in a grassy field between the shopping center and Highway 4.


Units from the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District and ConFire responded to the incident that was reported at 8:20 a.m. along with an AMR ambulance.



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