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Worker injured on Maryland interstate saved by heroic rescue

There are some jobs that place employees in incredibly dangerous situations almost every single day. One job that people do not always think of as a dangerous job is working as a tow-truck driver. Drivers must respond to a number of locations and help people in a variety of dangerous situations. Recently, one tow-truck driver was responding to an accident on a Maryland interstate when he was injured in a work accident.

The accident occurred on a Friday afternoon on Interstate 83. A police officer and a tow-truck driver were responding to a single-vehicle SUV crash. The tow-truck driver came to help pull the SUV away from the scene when a second SUV smashed into the first one. The tow-truck driver was standing outside of his vehicle when he was knocked over the concrete wall lining the highway, and he fell 25 feet onto an island in the Jones Falls. The river was incredibly high and fast moving as a result of copious rainfall from the tropical storm.

Six police officers responding to the accident were forced to scale down the JFX wading in deep water to get to the tow-truck driver. Firefighters from the shore stretched a ladder across the stream to the island and put the tow-truck driver on the ladder like a stretcher. The driver was conscious but severely injured. He was then taken to the area hospital.

A worker may be entitled to compensation for an injury that occurs while the worker is doing something on behalf of their employer or otherwise in the course of employment. When an injury occurs away from the workplace, as in this incident, a judge will look at a number of factors including whether the injury occurred using a company-owned truck or whether the employee was doing something connected to their job.

Anyone who sustains injuries while on the job should look into whether they may be able to recover damages for their injuries.

Source: Baltimore Sun, "Police officer, tow truck driver injured in JFX accident," Tim Wheeler and Ian Duncan, June 8, 2013.

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