Texas Tow Truck Operator Dies On Duty, Honored With Procession

Apr 26th, 2010 | By | Category: Headline News

A Texas tow truck driver died Wednesday, April 21, while helping to clear a truck wreck on the center median of Interstate 20, according to a news report.

Adam Lopez Jr., operator for Freddy’s Garage in Ranger, was working to clear the wreck around 12:30 a.m., with the help of the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Department of Public Safety guiding traffic around the working crews. A motorist heading east left the road, entered the median and hit the wrecked truck just before hitting Lopez, the report states.

Lopez was taken to the John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth where he was pronounced dead at 5 a.m. Investigation into the accident is still ongoing.

Tow truck operators, friends and family gathered together the morning of Saturday April 24, before the funeral at Freddy’s Garage to head over to the First Baptist Church in Ranger together. More than 300 people attended the service, according to the report. With the Ranger Fire Department coordinating, more than 35 tow truck and fire trucks created an honor guard along the route from the church to the cemetery.

Friends say Lopez was involved in several community activities, such as City Council, the board of directors of the Ranger Historical Society and was a volunteer firefighter with the Ranger Fire Department for the past 15 years, the report states.

Texas is one of the few remaining states that has not extended protection under the Move Over Law, which requires motorists to slow down and change lanes when emergency vehicles are working on roadways, to tow truck operators.