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Tower Down Confirmed 01.16.20 (OR)


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NOTE: This news report may change to a Tower Down as there are few details about who the man killed was. UPDATED: Changed to a "TOWER DOWN INCIDENT"


Local man dies after getting rolled over by tow truck

Truck rolls over Brian Williams while he worked to remove a trailer from a previous wreck

A Prineville man who was run over by a large tow truck died from his injuries.


Last Wednesday evening, shortly before 8:30 p.m., Crook County deputies were dispatched to a serious injury accident near milepost 11 on Southwest George Millican Road.


Upon arriving, deputies learned that 46-year-old Prineville resident Brian Williams was working to remove a semi-truck/trailer from an earlier crash when he was partially run over by a large tow truck.


They determined that the tow truck, owned by Dave's Towing of Prineville, was accidentally moved while Williams was working underneath it. The rear dual tires partially crushed his chest cavity, causing serious injury.


According to a Crook County Sheriff's Office report, deputies on scene provided an assessment of the injuries to responding paramedics and delivered appropriate aid until they arrived. Crook County Fire Rescue crews responded promptly and began providing lifesaving care. Williams was then transported to St. Charles Hospital in Bend.


An investigation was conducted, and deputies determined that this unfortunate incident was accidental. No citations or charges are expected. Deputies were assisted at the scene by members of Crook County Fire Rescue, Crook County Road Department and SMAF Environmental.


The Sheriff's Office was later notified that Brian passed away from his injuries at St. Charles Bend.


"This was a very sad situation," said Crook County Undersheriff James Savage, "and a reminder of the risk that first responders and their partners, like the tow truck drivers, are exposed to every day."




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Hey Ron ... I have it on good authority from Oregon friends that Brian died from his injuries during this incident. Here is the link with narrative as to what caused his unfortunate death. Christine and I send our prayers to Brian's family, his company and the community where he lived. What a tragic happening and one to remind all towers of the dangerous conditions we work.     R.





Randall C. Resch

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Thought's and Prayers. Let this be a wake up call to all companies to stress the need to know where everyone working the scene is located before operating the equipment from the drivers seat or the controls. I have been taught to keep everyone on scene in my vision.

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