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Thursday, March 4, 2010

NC Tow Truck Driver Hit By Car

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to this unnamed NC tow truck driver. Here's the story from www.digtriad.com:

Greensboro, NC-- The icy conditions from Wednesday morning are being blamed for a Guilford County accident that injured a tow truck driver. The tow truck operator was trying to help a stranded motorist who got stuck in the median after hitting an ice patch.

Highway Patrol tells WFMY News 2, the crash happened just after 5:00am on the Old Oak Ridge Road ramp off Bryan Blvd. as the stranded car was waiting for a tow truck. The car was hit by another car and later that car was hit by a car. Trooper say all cars involved in the crashes hit black ice on the ramp.

Trooper J. Zachary said the tow truck driver parked on the hill after seeing the accidents and was walking down to check on the driver who called him. While walking to the car, a pickup truck coming along hit the ice, lost control and hit the man. Officers say he tried to jump out of the way but was knocked down the embankment by the car.

Investigators say it was about a 20 ft drop. Emergency crews transported him to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Highway patrol says no one was ticketed but it is a reminder for people to slow down in icy conditions. All lanes of Bryan Blvd and the exit ramp reopened around 10am.

From midnight Tuesday until Noon Wednesday, Highway patrol told WFMY News 2 they responded to 175 accidents. They were all weather related.

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