Serious crash under investigation

Tow truck crash. May 14, 2019. (Photo courtesy of OPP)

The Ontario Provincial Police in Essex County are investigating a serious crash involving four vehicles.

The OPP said the collision at Walker Road and North Talbot Road in Tecumseh Tuesday morning involved a tow truck.

Minor injuries were reported.

The road was closed for a short time.

Tow truck crash. May 14, 2019. (Photo courtesy of OPP)

Tow truck crash. May 14, 2019. (Photo courtesy of OPP)

Coincidentally, the crash happened on the first ever National Slow Down and Move Over Day.

The Canadian Automobile Association launched the initiative to promote a safe working environment for tow truck operators across the country.

“[The] CAA is urging motorists to make space for tow trucks providing service on the side of the road on Canada‚Äôs first national Slow Down Move Over Day,” said the CAA.

The initiative is part of a broader national education campaign to remind motorists to be mindful and cautious around tow truck operators assisting others on the roadside.

Since 2014, the OPP has laid more than 9,000 charges against drivers who failed to slow down and move over for tow truck drivers, police and other emergency personnel who were conducting work on the side of the road.

“These people count on drivers to give them the safe space they need so that they can make it home to their families at the end of their workday,” said Dave Quigley, acting OPP deputy commissioner of traffic safety and operational support.

The Ontario government recently tabled Bill 107, and if passed, it will update a subsection of the Highway Traffic Act to include tow truck operators and “persons working on the highway” as vulnerable road users.