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What dangers are encountered by tow truck drivers and operators in Pennsylvania and throughout our country? How can these tragic incidents be avoided?

Yesterday, a tow truck driver was killed in a crash when he was struck by a tractor trailer while servicing a vehicle. The Central Pennsylvania accident in Lemoyne, just outside of Harrisburg, which killed a resident of Perry County is still under investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police.

WHTM TV-27 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania reports today that:

If you talk to Bill Rhodes, a manager at Woody’s Towing Company in Lemoyne, he’ll tell you that roadside America isn’t what it used to be.

“It used to be that you didn’t have to worry about that stuff, I mean, everyone was courteous and would move, but not no more, not these days,” he said.

Rhodes has been towing cars on major highways for the past 40 years and in that time he says he’s had his fair share of close calls.

“You move if you can, if you see them,” he said.

But for 23-year-old tow truck driver Andrew Smith, of Landisburg, Perry County, it was more than a close call.

Smith was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer just after midnight Wednesday while loading a disabled pickup truck onto his flatbed tow truck along Route 581 in Lemoyne.

The owner of the disabled pickup, Adam Knox of Mechanicsburg, was standing by the guard rail at the time and was not hurt. The driver of the tractor trailer, John Rosenberger Jr. of New York, escaped injury as well.

Smith had been working for HJ Towing & Recovery.

State police said an investigation is underway into the driver of the tractor trailer to determine if negligence was a factor in the crash.

For the full story go to the WHTM website at the link below:

Scott B. Cooper
Schmidt Kramer PC
209 State Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101
(717) 232-6300 – Telephone
(717) 232-6467 – Facsimile

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