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Monday, February 15, 2010

NE Tow Truck Driver Struck, Injured

Best wishes for a quick recovery to 64-year-old tow truck driver Henry Chillsworth of Mike's Towing who was struck on Sunday while working to pull a car from a ditch in Omaha, NE. Here's the story from
A few hours of flurries and blowing snow Sunday led to a number of accidents on metro roads.Paramedics and Douglas County sheriff's deputies responded to an accident at Pawnee Road and Highway 275 around 1 p.m.An investigator at the scene said a van struck a tow truck driver who was pulling cars out of the ditch. Employees at Mike's Towing named the victim as Henry Chillsworth, 64. A medical helicopter crew flew Chillsworth to the Nebraska Medical Center in critical condition. He had been upgraded to fair condition by Sunday night.Two hours later, a sheriff's deputy working the scene was in his cruiser when another vehicle hit him. Paramedics took the deputy to Lakeside Hospital with minor injuries possibly involving his neck. Officials said the deputy would be fine.The Dodge County sheriff's office is advising people to stay off of Highway 30. Deputies responded to multi-car accidents in two different spots as of early Sunday afternoon. Both happened on Highway 30Deputies said white out conditions and drifting snow led to the accidents. They added people are abandoning vehicles on the highway because they can't see.Near Beatrice, blowing snow contributed to a 14-vehicle pileup on state Highway 4 that sent six people to the hospital. Rescue crews also responded to an accident on Interstate 80 near 13th Street in Omaha. Three vehicles appeared to be involved in the crash, including a semi, a car and a minivan.The car appeared mangled between the semi and the cement median. Paramedics used the jaws of life to pull one person from the car; that person was taken to a hospital with severe injuries. Electronic boards in the area advised drivers to take alternate routes as crews cleaned up the accident.Omaha Police are no longer responding to accidents unless injuries are involved.

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