Driver crashed tow truck into house after medical emergency behind the wheel, says company


A truck driver suffered a medical emergency while behind the wheel, causing him to lose control and crash into a house in Port au Port West, killing an elderly woman who was inside the residence. 

The 61-year-old driver also died, and police say two other passengers in the tow truck were injured, in addition to an elderly man who was in the home, too. They were taken to hospital with what police say are serious but non-life-threatening injuries. 

“It’s with very heavy hearts we post today that we lost one of our drivers yesterday in the line of duty,” reads a Facebook post by Eddy’s Towing on Sunday.

“He suffered medical conditions which caused the deck truck he was driving to leave the road and crash into a house. Tragically a lady in the residence at the time also passed away. We cannot begin to express our sympathy to both families at this very, very difficult time.”

The fatal incident happened Saturday evening just before 6 p.m. on Front Road in the community, with paramedics, firefighters and the RCMP responding. The road was closed overnight. 

“Our thoughts and prayers also go out to our customers that were riding in our truck back to the dealership with their disabled vehicle. It is a tragedy for all involved,” reads the post by Eddy’s Towing. 

The RCMP did not specifically mention the driver suffering a medical emergency or condition, and said Monday only that the truck “departed the road” before colliding with the house. 

Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador 

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