‘Ottawa’ Tow Truck Driver Charged with Stunt Driving for Following Fire Truck to Car Crash
An Ottawa tow truck operator is facing stunt driving charges, accused of racing to the scene of an Orléans collision by tailing a fire truck as it weaved through heavy traffic.
Once there, police say he tried to drum up business from a driver whose car was on its side.
“This is an ongoing problem,” Ottawa Police Sgt. John Kiss said of “wreck chasers” — some monitoring emergency channels — who race to crashes to bag business.
Police said the tow truck was seen speeding southbound on Tenth Line Road soon after the serious crash with injuries at about 5:30 p.m. Friday.
It nearly collided with a responding fire truck before following the fire truck to the scene, according to police.
That created an even more dangerous situation because motorists who pull over to let emergency service vehicles pass aren’t expecting a tow truck, hidden by a larger fire truck, to be in hot pursuit as they merge back into traffic, Kiss said.