A tow-truck driver had a frightening close call Friday morning just before 4 a.m. after his truck was struck by an approaching vehicle. The driver of the flatbed tow-truck was in the process of loading a disabled vehicle and had the rear ramp lowered at an angle when the oncoming car struck the ramp, narrowly missing the operator who was standing at the side operating the controls. The car was then thrown back onto the highway, ripping one of its wheels off in the process.
An official on scene said the tow-truck driver was apparently struck by some debris during the incident but was lucky to only suffer minor injuries. The driver of the car was taken to hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The tow-truck driver went on his way with only minor damage to the loading ramp but the car suffered extensive damage.
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is investigating the incident.