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Injured California Tow Operator Identified

The tow operator who was seriously injured in a crash that occurred Sunday, Feb. 23 in Riverside County, Calif., has been identified as Enrique Ramirez Sanchez, 49, of Banning. According to the California Highway Patrol, Sanchez, of Statewide Towing, was standing on the left side of his tow truck  recovering a vehicle from a previous roll-over…

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California Tow Operator Struck, Injured on the Roadside

A 49-year-old tow operator was struck and seriously injured Sunday, Feb.23 at 10:38 a.m. on Highway 79 in Beaumont, Calif. According to the California Highway Patrol, the operator, who has not been identified, was at the scene of a previous crash recovering an overturned car when he was struck by a Toyota Corolla being operated at…

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Waze Can be Part of Your Roadside Safety Plan

Submitted by Jeffrey Godwin The towing industry is currently working to get Waze and others to alert motorists to the presence of tow trucks and other emergency vehicles on the side of the road. Maybe you have considered HAAS devices or other solutions. For now, there is a way to make motorists aware of your presence on…

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Muncie Power Welcomes Alan Jones

Muncie, Ind., January 27, 2020 — Muncie Power Products, Inc., a manufacturer of power take-offs and fluid power components, has introduced its new senior executive director of engineering, Alan Jones. His responsibilities will include overseeing all engineering activities including product testing, product liability, intellectual property and new product development activities. He will also be responsible for developing…

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Check Out the Tow Business Podcast Season 4

Season 4 Episodes Available through Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn and more Episodes: 1. Top 10 things — good and bad — about the towing industry in 2020 (2/2/20) 2. Towing apps and the future of the towing industry — interview with HONK (2/16/20) 3. Driver tips for a better and more productive day (3/1/20) 4.…

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Peterbilt Honored as Top Workplace for Women by Women In Trucking

Peterbilt Motors Company has been recognized by Women In Trucking as a top workplace for women in the transportation industry. “Peterbilt is committed to championing the development of women leaders and cultivating a diverse workforce. We are honored to receive recognition from Women In Trucking for our efforts,” said Jason Skoog, PACCAR Vice President and…

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TRAA: Addressing Line of Service Deaths

This information is from a Jan. 14, 2020, Towing and Recovery Association of America (TRAA) press release: At two weeks into 2020, the official count of line of service deaths for U.S. towing operators was already at four, with some unofficial counts being higher. Losing a tow operator impacts not only their families but the…

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Move Over Advocate Speaks at AAA Event

On Thursday, Jan. 23, Move Over law advocate Linda Unruh spoke about the importance of first responder safety at the AAA headquarters in Tampa, Fla. Unruh’s son Bobby, 37, died in February 2017 when he was struck by a tractor-trailer traveling 82 miles per hour. Bobby was on the scene to assist another tow operator…

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Jerr-Dan Launches Jerr-Dan University

Jerr-Dan Corporation, an Oshkosh Corporation company (NYSE:OSK) and a single brand leader in the towing and recovery business, has introduced Jerr-Dan University, an industry-first product training program. Participants can view live demos of various course offerings, register for online training and create a training dashboard to get started. Courses are presented using visual, interactive and text-driven…

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