Vernon tow truck driver suffers serious injuries

WorkSafe B.C. and Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement investigating accident that sent Vernon tow truck driver to hospital

WorkSafe B.C. and Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement are investigating an accident in the Foothills Monday.

A tow truck driver for a Vernon towing company suffered serious injuries when  his truck rolled on him shortly before 12:30 p.m. on Apex Drive.

“The driver was there to pick up a vehicle that had broken down,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. “He had the vehicle hooked up and was in the last portion of his duty when the truck rolled back over top of him.”

Molendyk said a witness at the scene jumped into the tow truck and moved it forward off of the injured driver, who was trapped under the tow truck’s rear wheels.

The driver was then transported to Vernon Jubilee Hospital. His condition was unknown as of noon Tuesday.

RCMP called WorkSafe B.C. shortly before 1 p.m.

“Two officers were sent to the site,” said Trish Knight Chernecki with WorkSafe B.C. “An investigating officer went and a prevention officer was dispatched to make sure other workers, if there were other workers, were safe and no other employees were at risk.”

The file remains under investigation.