Tow Truck Driver Killed by Big Rig While Rescuing Turtle from Interstate
Caledonia, WI – A tow truck driver was tragically killed in a hit and run accident when he stepped out of his truck to remove a turtle from the interstate and was struck by a semi-truck.
The accident took place around 9:20 a.m. on Friday in the northbound lanes of Interstate 94 near 7 1/2 Mile Road, officials said.
According to a release from the Wisconsin State Patrol (WSP), the victim stopped his tow truck on the shoulder of the roadway with his warning lights activated.
While he was outside of his truck, he was struck by a passing tractor-trailer, which continued on without stopping.
Witnesses told authorities the semi that struck the truck driver was a gray Peterbilt.
No further description of the Peterbilt’s driver was given at the time.
Surveillance footage from a local restaurant, Burgey’s Pub & Prime, was given to investigators following the hit and run.
Two northbound lanes of I-94 were shutdown until noon by WSP during a preliminary investigation.
Heartbreaking video footage from local outlet FOX6 show a headset and a single shoe on the side of the road, presumably belonging to the victim.
WSP said the suspected driver of the Peterbilt was later located in Ripon, which is approximately 100 miles north of the scene of the deadly accident.
It is unclear if any charges will be filed.
Authorities have not yet revealed the identities of either driver.
However, the victim was a member of the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office’s Freeway Service Team.
TransportationNation.com will continue to monitor any new developments.