MAYWOOD, Ill. — A tow truck driver was struck and killed on I-290 while trying to remove vehicles from a previous crash, according to authorities.
Andrew Dove-Ferdere, 23, of Berkeley, was standing outside his truck when he was hit about 6 a.m. Wednesday on eastbound Interstate 290 in Maywood, west of Chicago, state police said.
The tow truck was on the freeway's right shoulder and had its emergency lights activated at the time Dove-Ferdere was struck by a Nissan sedan.
On Wednesday morning, Bill Gratzianna welcomed the New Year with a phone call he never wanted to get.
Quite frankly it’s the worst day I've ever had being in business,” Gratzianna said.
It’s the first time one of his drivers has been killed in the 39 years he’s been running O’Hare Towing.
“It just sucks,” Gratzianna said. “He doesn’t get to go home today.”
The flag at O’Hare towing is now flying at half staff.
They issued the following statement.
It’s with a heavy heart that we share tragic news that happened this morning. While responding to an accident for the Illinois State Police District Chicago one of our O’Hare Operators was struck and killed by a passing motorist at 06:03am on I-290 east bound near 9th ave.
Due to the ongoing investigation, we have no further details.
We are absolutely heart broken for all those involved. We ask that you keep our operator’s family and our team in your thoughts and prayers.
This is a tragic reminder why slowing down and moving over is important for all emergency vehicles.
Since Tuesday, three tow truck drivers have been killed on the side of the road in the US.
The Nissan's driver, a 49-year-old woman, was hospitalized with minor injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.