Crash in Andover Kills Tow Truck Operator
Massachusetts State Police Media Release – 03152018 – State Police Investigating Fatal Crash in Andover
Last night at about 10:55 p.m., a tow truck operator died after he was struck while outside his tow truck at a crash scene on Route 495 in Andover.
Preliminary investigation by Trooper Mark Ward indicates that State Police were at the scene of a two-vehicle crash which occurred on Route 495 Southbound, south of Route 93, in Andover. There were no injuries associated with that crash.
While one of the tow truck operators was standing next to the left side of his truck in the breakdown lane, loading one of the vehicles involved in the original crash onto his flatbed, a 2007 Pontiac G6, which was traveling Southbound, struck an unoccupied BMW located in the breakdown lane before striking the left side of the tow truck and then the operator who was standing beside it. The Pontiac became disabled in the right travel lane and was subsequently struck by a 2011 Hyundai SantaFe, which was traveling Southbound through the crash scene.
The tow truck operator who was struck in the breakdown lane, a 41-year-old North Andover man, was transported to Saint’s Memorial Hospital in Lowell where he was subsequently pronounced deceased. The other tow truck operator, a 44-year-old Lawrence man, who was positioned on top of the flatbed assisting the first tow operator, was injured when he fell from the tow truck following that collision. He was transported to Lowell General for treatment of minor injuries. The operator of the Pontiac, a 28-year-old Lawrence woman, was transported to Lowell General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The operator of the Hyundai, a 26-year-old Lawrence woman, was uninjured in the crash.
This crash remains under investigation with assistance from the State Police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Section, Crime Scene Services Section, and troopers assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office. No charges have been filed at this time.
State Police were assisted on scene by Andover and Tewksbury Fire and EMS, Andover Police, and MassDOT.
The identity of the tow truck operator is being withheld pending family notification.
Route 495 Southbound was closed for about 2 and ½ hours for investigation and cleanup.
There is no further information available at this time. Please do not contact the barracks for media inquiries.