California Tow Truck Driver Struck While Working Roadside

May 18th, 2011 | By | Category: California, National News

A California tow truck driver suffered major injuries Tuesday, May 17, after being struck while working on the side of the road, according to a news report.

The unidentified driver was under a stalled van at about 1:30 p.m. hooking up the vehicle to his tow truck when a dark-colored compact car rear-ended the van and another maroon-colored compact car, the report states.

The owner of the van, Estela Andrade and her boyfriend Guillermo Mier were inside the van when the incident occurred. According to Andrade, they were traveling northbound on I-15 when the van locked up. She was stuck in the second lane, so she put on her hazard lights and called a tow truck, but the victim tow truck driver happened upon them first and offered his help, according to the report. He had already dropped the flatbed and was hooking up the van when the impact occurred.

According to CHP Officer Dale Withum, the maroon-colored vehicle first came up on the stalled van, stopped and was trying to get around it when the dark-colored vehicle slammed into the car which hit the van, sending the car into the tow truck driver, the report states.

Andrade and Mier suffered minor injuries and refused treatment. The driver sustained major injuries to his legs and was transported to a medical center. It was unclear if anyone in the participating vehicles was injured.

CHP officials are investigating the incident.