Driver fails to move over, strikes tow truck’s flat bed on Route 73 near Tilton

January 31, 2023
Bay Roberts, Newfoundland and Labrador

News release


A tow truck with flashing lights activated is pulled over on the side of a roadway at dawn. A truck is observed in a ditch.
A black car is on its roof resting on the shoulder and part of the roadway. A police vehicle is observed pulled over to the side of the roadway behind the car.

The driver of a car is under investigation for failing to move over early this morning for a tow truck that was parked on the side of the road on Route 73 near Tilton.

Shortly before 7:00 a.m., Bay Roberts RCMP received the report of the collision and attended the scene. Evidence gathered at the scene indicated that the tow truck was pulled over to the side of the road with its lights activated and flatbed lowered, preparing to load a separate vehicle onto the flatbed. The car, which came up behind the tow truck, failed to move over and collided with the flatbed of the truck. The car was launched into the air and came to rest on its roof. Thankfully, no one, including the tow truck operator, were injured.

The driver remains under investigation and charges are anticipated.

As is legislated by the Highway Traffic Act, motorists are required to move over when passing emergency vehicles, including tow trucks, when they are parked on the side of the highway with their lights flashing.


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