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Pinned under car that hit him, tow truck driver hospitalized (CA)

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BEAUMONT — A tow truck driver who was left pinned underneath a vehicle after he was struck Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17, was eventually pulled from under the vehicle, fire officials have reported. The crash happened on Beaumont Ave., south of California Ave., in Beaumont.

 

The victim had been in the process of loading a disabled vehicle on a flat-bed tow truck when another car plowed into the stranded sedan and tow truck. He was hospitalized with moderate injuries after the collision.

 

CHP and other emergency personnel were first alerted to the accident shortly before 1 p.m., after receiving reports of a tow truck driver who had been hit by a vehicle and was pinned underneath.

 

When officials arrived they found one victim trapped and pinned under the vehicle that had struck him and the vehicle he was loading onto the tow vehicle. Firefighters quickly used specialized equipment to lift the vehicle off the trapped victim and freed them. AMR then transported the person to an area hospital.

 

“Firefighters extricated one victim who was pinned under a vehicle,” CalFire/Riverside County Fire Department said in a social media release on Twitter. “The victim was transported to an area hospital by ground ambulance with moderate injuries.”

 

While firefighters worked at the scene, CHP called for the temporary closure of Beaumont Ave., between California Ave. and 1st St. The roadway was reopened around 1:30 p.m.

 

CHP is investigating the cause of the accident and their investigation is ongoing.

 

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Not good. I hope the tow operator is ok. There is no excuse for this. From the picture it appears he was doing everything right and still some idiot can’t pay attention long enough to avoid a collision. 

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