WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A tow truck driver was rescued from underneath his 60-ton vehicle Monday morning in the District.
The rescue closed down 14th Street in Northwest between Pennsylvania Avenue and F Street for about two hours.
The driver, working for Ted’s Towing of Baltimore, was trying to haul away a blue rendering truck from a garage ramp located between the entrances of the National Press Building and the Marriott Hotel.
“For some reason, as he was hooking it up, his leg became entangled with the rear dual wheels and he was trapped,” said Ed Mills, D.C. Fire and EMS Battalion Chief.
Mills said the tow truck was designed for hauling heavy machinery, such as tractor-trailers. And with its crane, it weighed somewhere between 60 and 100 tons.
Rescuers used large black air bags to prop up the truck and pull the driver out. He was transported to George Washington University Hospital with serious injuries.
A firefighter suffered minor injuries during the rescue.
Ironically, Mills said, the firefighters had just completed a heavy-machinery rescue course in the last two weeks.
“This kind of activity was fresh in their minds.”