Female Tractor-Trailer Driver Killed in Collision Caused by Tow Truck on I-70 in Maryland
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As the above map shows, the area where this fatal tow truck-semi crash occurred is deeply rural. Any driver who experiences vehicle trouble along this stretch of I-70 has little option but to pull onto the interstate's shoulder and either attempt a temporary repair or wait for a wrecker. The victim of the crash chose the first option only to be killed by an emergency vehicle whose driver would have been able to provide assistance in nearly every other circumstance.
Highway shoulders are often dangerous places, as demonstrated by several fatal accidents involving tow truck drivers along I-64 in Hampton and Newport News, Virginia (VA), since 2009. Both Maryland and Virginia have move-over laws that require cars and trucks to change lanes or reduce speeds when approaching accident scenes and police officers or emergency responders on the side of the road. The law, sadly, was not enough to provide protection to the MD truck driver.