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Tower Struck 02.23.20 (CA) "UPDATED 02.27.20"


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A Tow Truck Operator with Statewide Towing in California was struck on the interstate Sunday. The company identified the operator Enrique. His legs were severely injured and underwent surgery. He is currently in intensive care.


Tow truck driver struck by car on State Route 79


A tow truck driver was seriously injured Sunday after being struck by a car while working to tow another car involved in a separate collision.


It happened at 10:38 a.m. in Beaumont along southbound State Route 79 just south of California Avenue.


The injured tow truck driver was identified as Enrique Ramirez Sanchez, 49, of Banning.


The driver of the car that hit him was identified as Marcella Carranza, 29.


The CHP said Carranza was speeding and lost control of her car before hitting Sanchez, who was on the right shoulder of the highway.


Sanchez was taken to an area hospital with major injuries.


There was no immediate word on whether Carranza was cited or arrested.




Tow truck driver seriously injured after being struck on Highway 79 in Beaumont


A Banning tow truck driver was seriously injured after he was struck while responding to pick up a vehicle from an earlier incident on Highway 79 in Beaumont on Sunday morning, officials said.


At around 10:38 a.m., the tow truck driver came to the scene of a solo rollover crash on the right shoulder of Highway 79 southbound, California Highway Patrol Officer Matt Napier said. The driver in that incident, who was uninjured, and a CHP officer were at the scene when the tow truck arrived, he said.


While the tow truck driver, a 49-year-old Banning man, was out of his truck to recover the overturned car, he was struck by a white Toyota Corolla driven by a 29-year-old Riverside woman, Napier said.


“Due to her unsafe speed, she was unable to maintain control fo the vehicle,” he said. “She veered left and collided with the concrete median, the force of the impact propelled her vehicle across the lanes to the right. The Corolla crossed onto the right shoulder where the tow truck was, striking (the tow truck driver) and the left side of his tow truck.”


The tow truck driver was taken Riverside University Health System Medical Center.


The southbound lanes of the highway were blocked for nearly two hours during CHP’s investigation, Napier said.

“This is still under investigation,” he said. “But as of right now (the female driver) has not been arrested and alcohol and drugs were ruled out as possible factors.”




RIVERSIDE COUNTY, CA — The San Gorgonio Pass Area California Highway Patrol office has released more details about a crash Sunday morning on state Route 79 in unincorporated Riverside County that seriously injured a tow truck driver from Banning.


The incident began around 9:55 a.m. when the CHP received a call about a non-injury solo vehicle roll-over crash on SR-79, south of California Avenue. During the investigation, the CHP called a tow truck to remove the wreckage.


Statewide Towing responded to the scene. Around 10:38 a.m., the tow driver — 49-year-old Enrique Ramirez Sanchez of Banning — was standing on the left side of his truck when a speeding white Toyota Corolla driven by 29-year-old Marcella Carranza of Riverside lost control of her car on southbound SR-79 and collided with the concrete median wall, according to CHP Officer Matt Napier.


The crash impact propelled the Corolla across traffic lanes and onto the right shoulder, striking Sanchez and his tow truck. Sanchez sustained major injuries as a result and was transported to the Riverside University Health Systems Hospital by ground ambulance, according to Napier.


Both SR-79 southbound lanes were closed for approximately one hour and 45 minutes for the CHP investigation.


Alcohol and drugs have been ruled out as contributing factors, Napier said.






A tow truck driver has a long road to recovery after being struck by a speeding driver while responding to a crash outside Beaumont over the weekend, officials said Tuesday.


Enrique Ramirez Sanchez, a 49-year-old Banning man, was called to the scene of a solo-vehicle rollover crash on Highway 79 just before 10 a.m. Sunday, the California Highway Patrol said in a news release.


The driver of the overturned car was unhurt, officers said. Sanchez parked his Statewide Towing truck on the shoulder south of California Avenue and got out to start hooking up the wrecked vehicle.


That’s when a 29-year-old Riverside woman headed south on the highway lost control of her white Toyota Corolla and veered into a concrete median wall. She then ricocheted across the lanes and into the opposite shoulder, hitting Sanchez and his truck, according to CHP.


Sanchez was hospitalized with major injuries.


Both highway lanes were closed nearly 2 hours while authorities investigated.


Officers determined the woman was traveling at an unsafe speed on the wet roadway. They don’t believe alcohol or drugs played a role.


The Banning Police Officers Association has set up a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Sanchez.


“Enrique is a wonderful person and top notch driver!” officers wrote on the page. “Anyone who’s ever had the pleasure of working with or knowing him for any length of time knows he is kind, helpful, and hardworking.”


As of Tuesday, Sanchez was stable after undergoing multiple surgeries in attempt to repair and save his legs. He’ll still have to “endure several additional surgeries,” according to the GoFundMe.




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OMG praying for Enrique Ramirez Sanchez. I hope he recovers fully. It is going to be a long road ahead for him so lets keep him in all our prays.

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Statewide Towing is a leader in towing and heavy recovery in Southern California with show winning big rigs. The article doesn't mention rain, but weather could have been an associated factor. Not that it's different anywhere else, motorists drive like crazy out here. This is simply another example that tow operators aren't safe for any reasons. Christine and I send our wishes and prayers to Enriquez looking for a speedy recovery, and also to Chris and Tamara.     R. 

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I held a CHP Tow Operator Safety Course at Riverside's Statewide Towing this weekend and you can bet this was a topic of discussion. Enrique is still in bad shape, but I'm told he is stable, but his recovery will take a long time. The impact caused him breaks in both legs, a broken pelvis, and injuries to his head and neck. While the healing is the physical part of his journey, I'm praying for his mental healing as well.     R.

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