Many don't think about it, but tow truck driving can be a very dangerous job. You're operating heavy machinery (on wheels), often in the midst of oncoming traffic, while trying to navigate stressed out clients, dispatch, often police and other conflicts, as well as battle road conditions, accident investigations and inclement weather. When tow truck drivers are injured, it's often due to being struck by oncoming traffic. We urge you, please slow down when you see the flashing beacon of a tow truck! It's a dangerous job that deserves our respect and caution.
Here, we report two very recent and sad stories. The first story features a tow truck driver who just lost his life in Miami, FL when he accidentally fell off an overpass while trying to recover an overturned semi truck. Our hearts go out to him and his family. Here is an excerpt of that story:
Tow Truck Drivers Face Dangers
"A tow truck driver fell to his death, Wednesday morning, as he attempted to assist a tractor trailer that had rolled over and was leaning off the ledge of Interstate 95 in Boca Raton.
The tractor trailer was seen leaning on top of the ledge of the southbound Interstate 95 overpass, near Congress Avenue, early Wednesday morning. Fire rescue crews and police arrived to the scene, just after 6 a.m.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the tractor trailer rolled over as it was getting ready to exit Interstate 95. When a tow truck driver arrived to reportedly assist in righting the truck, he fell from the overpass and died, officials said, just before 8 a.m." -- Fox News
Here is the story of another recent tow truck driver who was struck by oncoming traffic while doing his job. We are glad to learn that he is in stable condition and we hope he makes a full recovery. Here is an excerpt of that story:
"A tow truck driver was outside of his vehicle when he was struck by a car late Friday morning, according to Emergency Medical Services.
The collision happened at about 11:40 a.m. on northbound Deerfoot Trail at the Peigan Trail overpass.
Initially it was believed the man, in his 50s, had suffered potentially life-threatening head injuries.
But EMS later determined he was in stable condition.
A spokesperson with City Wide Towing said the man has fractures to his leg, his cheek and his skull. He also has a collapsed lung.
But Jeff Hribnak said the driver is expected to make a full recovery.
Hribnak said the driver was getting out of his vehicle to fix a strap when he was struck. He said the tow truck was pulled over safely and had its beacon lights on." -- Global News