CAPE CORAL, FL- Fox4now.com reports that a tow truck driver was hit by a car on Friday, April 27, 2018. The victim was identified as Wes Dale. Dale was towing a car when a cable broke causing the towed vehicle to become detached and roll onto him. Dale was taken to the ICU where died on Saturday morning as a result of the injuries that he suffered in the accident.
According to a friend of the victim, at the time of the accident, Dale had been hooking up a Chevy Silverado that belonged to an individual who had been arrested earlier on Friday.
Tow truck drivers are considered first responders, and their job comes with certain risks. The National Highway Safety Administration includes tow truck drivers in their fatality and injury rates for emergency responders. The risk to emergency responders is twice as high as the average risk across all industries in the country.
Tow truck drivers are often required to work in close proximity to traffic putting them at risk of being struck by other drivers while they are working on the side of the road. Many tow truck drivers have lost their lives because of drivers who are distracted, falling asleep or too busy staring at the scene of the crash where the tow driver is working to exercise proper caution.
Many tow truck drivers have tried to educate people about safety precautions that should be taken to avoid unnecessary tragedies. Jason Kring, who drives tow trucks says that people should move a lane or two away from the scene a tow driver is working at. He also reminds drivers that hitting debris on the road can send it flying into tow drivers creating a deadly situation as well.