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Tow truck driver reinforces safety after school bus incident

Tow truck driver reinforces safety...

Tow truck owner and driver Will Arndt doesn't mind repeating himself, because according to him, repeat incidents of tow truck drivers in dangerous situations keep happening.

Mere weeks after a tow truck driver safety awareness campaign cruised through Berks County, Arndt said he feels his message is still being passed over.

He cited, as an example, a recent incident Friday night, when three school buses passed him by while he was assisting a stranded motorist.

"Friday night, approximately 10:30 p.m. Route 222. Three miles from the Denver exit," Arndt said. "[It involved] three Wilson School District buses, which didn't appear to slow down or move over."

Arndt told 69 News that the buses sped right past him and did not obey Pennsylvania's "steer clear" law.

The Wilson School District addressed the incident in a statement, saying that, by using GPS, it determined "our buses were following the posted legal speed limit."

The district also said the buses slowed to approximately 20 miles per hour, and that transportation employees are consistently reminded of the "steer clear" law.

Will said he just wants to take this opportunity to remind all motorists to consider the safety of those who have to work along the side of the road.

"Put yourself as the stranded motorist and the tow truck driver operator," he urged. "Think about it from the opposite perspective."

Arndt is currently working on a special vehicle to give himself and his fellow drivers more protection on the roads.

"We're coming out with a traffic safety vehicle. It's going to consist of cones, flares. and lights."

He plans to unveil that vehicle on Friday.


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