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Central Texas tow truck operator struck by airborne car dies at local hospital

A 35-year-old Central Texas tow truck operator died after he was struck by a car that careened...
A 35-year-old Central Texas tow truck operator died after he was struck by a car that careened off an area interstate, rolled up the wrecker’s sliding bed and went airborne. (File)(KWTX)
Updated: Jun. 4, 2021 at 5:32 PM CDT
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FAIRFIELD, Texas (KWTX) - A 35-year-old Central Texas tow truck operator died in a local hospital two days after he was struck by a car that careened off Interstate 45 just south of Fairfield, rolled up the wrecker’s sliding bed and went airborne.

David Isaac Simmons of Fairfield was in the process of pulling a disabled vehicle out of the center median of the highway and the emergency lights on his 2020 Freightliner tow truck were activated at the time of the accident, which happened at around 4:40 p.m. on May 28, Department of Public Safety Sgt. Bryan Washko said Friday.

Simmons was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center in Waco where he died on May 30, Washko said.

Simmons was at the control box of his tow truck when a 22-year-old woman driving a 2020 Toyota Corolla made an unsafe lane change, Washko said.

The Toyota collided with a 2014 Volvo sedan driven by a 33-year-old Dallas woman, and then crossed back into the inside lane, shot up the tow truck’s sliding bed, or rollback, went airborne and slammed into Simmons, Washko said.

The accident remains under investigation.

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