Tow Truck Operator Killed In Wash. County
ALLENTON - Travel in Washington County was not only treacherous but deadly. There was a fatal crash near Allenton.
A sergeant with the sheriff’s department tells TODAYSTMJ4 there were 50 to 60 accidents in Washington County and that is a conservative number.
One of those accidents shut down southbound Highway 41 for hours when a tow truck driver was killed.
The State Patrol says the tow truck operator was hit twice while trying to remove a car in the ditch. He was first hit by a passing vehicle and then a second time by a semi.
It happened on Highway 41 near the Allenton exit where roads were slippery.
“It was nasty,” said snow plow driver Scott Justman. He knows the dangers out there for guys like him who have to be out in these conditions.
“You always got to be on the look out for stuff like that.”
Travel was tough for lots of drivers, several ended up in ditches.
Frank Theusch saw a lot of them on his bus ride home from a casino up north. He summed up the ride in one word.
“Bad, it was snowing all the way down. It was slippery, a lot of cars in the ditch.”
His bus ride usually takes two hours but today it was three. Fortunately his car ride home will be a few minutes.