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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

PA Tow Truck Driver Killed On Side of Road By Semi

Our condolences to the family and acquaintances of 39-year-old tow truck driver Michael T. Pegg, who worked for Weavertown Towing Garage Services in Hunker, PA. He was killed on Sunday, 2/7, while working a crash scene on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Here's the story from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

A tow truck driver attending to a crash scene on the Pennsylvania Turnpike was struck and killed by an out-of-control tractor-trailer Sunday night in Mt. Pleasant Township.

Michael T. Pegg, 39, of Hempfield, an employee of Weavertown Towing Garage Services in Hunker, died at the scene of the accident in the westbound lanes of the turnpike, just 4.5 miles west of the Donegal Interchange, Westmoreland County Deputy Coroner Jerry Fritz said.

Pegg had been called to assist at an accident scene along the turnpike and was walking along the highway's berm when he was hit around 7:05 p.m., state police at New Stanton reported.

Valentine Blagoev, of Winchester, Va., was driving his tractor-trailer in the left westbound lane of the turnpike when he came upon traffic slowed for the accident, police said. Unable to stop, Blagoev struck three other vehicles before traveling onto the berm and striking Pegg.

Fritz pronounced Pegg dead at the scene. An autopsy scheduled for today will determine his cause of death.

Fritz said the roadway was dry at the time of the accident.

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