UPDATE: Oshawa tow truck driver killed while helping motorist in Scugog – durhamregion.com

UPDATE: Oshawa tow truck driver killed while helping motorist in Scugog - durhamregion.com
An Ontario Tow Truck Driver Was Killed By A Car During A Rescue This Morning (VIDEO)
SCUGOG — An Oshawa tow truck driver was killed early Thursday morning after he was struck by a vehicle skidding out of control while helping another motorist out of a ditch.

The victim, 56, was assisting a driver who lost control of their vehicle and slid into the east ditch of Hwy. 12, just north of Scugog Line 2, when a second northbound vehicle began sliding on the snowy roadway and collided with the tow truck operator, say Ontario Provincial Police.

“While he was parked here on the side of the road, winching (the first vehicle) out, another vehicle… lost control as well around 8 o’clock this morning, striking the tow truck operator and killing him here on scene,” said OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt in an update posted on Periscope.

When you see flashing lights… slow down, move over, give them space. They are trying to clear the scenes, clear the highways, and make it safe for everybody else.

In the video, Sgt. Schmidt points to a red car in the ditch as the initial vehicle that slid out of control, followed by a silver car that struck the Oshawa man. He also noted that a white BMW, across the road in the west ditch, also slid out of control around the same time as the red vehicle.

Police have not released any details about the victim or confirmed if any charges will be laid in connection with the deadly crash.

Tow truck driver struck and killed helping car in ditch

The accident occurred on a stretch of Hwy. 12 where there is a sweeping corner, followed by a change in elevation.

Anytime you are driving in conditions that are less than ideal… slow down, drive to the conditions, Schmidt said.

Hwy. 12 was “snow-covered, slushy and icy” at the time of the accident, said Sgt. Schmidt.

“While (the tow truck operator was) out winching those vehicles out of the ditch, that third vehicle came in and struck the tow operator,” said Sgt. Schmidt.

Highway 7/12 is closed both ways from Scugog Line 2 to Scugog Line 3 for a Police investigation. @TwpofScugog pic.twitter.com/AiVKJ9lr84

He stressed that motorists are required by law to slow down as they approach first-responder vehicles as well as tow trucks. Drivers can change lanes if available and must be prepared to stop, if necessary, said Sgt. Schmidt.

Schmidt says this is just another reminder to slow down and move over for tow trucks and other emergency vehicles with their lights on.

Following the collision, the stretch of Hwy. 12 between Scugog Line 2 and Scugog Line 3 was closed as OPP officers investigated the fatal accident.

Elsewhere in Scugog, Fire Chief Mark Berney said that firefighters were responding “non-stop” to collisions between 7 and 8 a.m. on Thursday morning. Three accidents were reported on Hwy. 12, including the fatal, as well as another collision on Regional Road 57, south of Hwy. 7A. Firefighters were also dispatched to a fifth accident call on Regional Road 57, north of Hwy. 7A, but could not locate an accident scene, said the fire chief.

The driver has been identified as an Oshawa man, but his name hasn’t been released pending notification of the next of kin.

“It’s the first snowfall of the year and we haven’t driven in these conditions for months, so exercise extreme caution and drive defensively and focus on what other drivers are doing,” said Chief Berney. “Some people aren’t appreciating the effects of the snow — the conditions out there — and perhaps they’re not ready, like they don’t have snow tires on. The roads are definitely in a hazardous condition right now with the fresh snow fall.”

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As well, Durham police said that in a two-hour span Thursday during the morning drive, there were 15 collisions on roads they patrol.

Winter weather has hit in southern Ontario for the first time in early November, and it has already claimed a life in tragic fashion. A tow truck driver in Scugog was struck and killed by an out-of-control car as he was attempting to rescue another car that had lost control in the icy conditions. OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt has reminded drivers you simply have to adjust your driving to suit the Ontario weather and the road conditions.

Elsewhere in Scugog, Fire Chief Mark Berney said that firefighters were responding “non-stop” to collisions between 7 and 8 a.m. on Thursday morning. Three accidents were reported on Hwy. 12, including the fatal, as well as another collision on Regional Road 57, south of Hwy. 7A. Firefighters were also dispatched to a fifth accident call on Regional Road 57, north of Hwy. 7A, but could not locate an accident scene, said the fire chief.

EARLIER: A mixture of snow, rain, and ice appeared overnight across large areas of the province. As a result, it was predicted on Wednesday evening that commuting on the morning of Thursday, November 7 was going to be pretty difficult.

That has certainly proven to be the case, from chaotic closures on several GTA highways to transit disruptions across the city of Toronto.

In the video, Sgt. Schmidt points to a red car in the ditch as the initial vehicle that slid out of control, followed by a silver car that struck the Oshawa man. He also noted that a white BMW, across the road in the west ditch, also slid out of control around the same time as the red vehicle.

And, tragically, at least one life has already been claimed by the poor weather and the hazardous driving conditions that creates.

The victim, 56, was assisting a driver who lost control of their vehicle and slid into the east ditch of Hwy. 12, just north of Scugog Line 2, when a second northbound vehicle began sliding on the snowy roadway and collided with the tow truck operator, say Ontario Provincial Police.

In an incident on Highway 12 in Scugog, Ontario on Thursday morning, a tow truck driver was struck and killed as he was winching a car that had gone off the slippery road and into a ditch.

A Periscope video taken by OPP Sergeant Schmidt shows the chaotic scene. Both a red car and a silver car are shown in the roadside ditch on the east side of the road.