Tow truck driver hit and killed on the job in Russell County

By Libby McEnulty
KWCH – July 11, 2017

Tow truck driver Jeffery Harris was on the clock when he was struck by a vehicle just before midnight on Friday. He died on the scene.

Kansas Highway Patrol Trooper Tod Hileman says Harris was stopped on the shoulder of I-70, just outside of Russell, to tow a broken down vehicle when a truck hit him.

“He was standing beside his tow truck on the shoulder,” says Trooper Hileman. “That’s when the other vehicle came along, drove onto the shoulder and struck him while he was loading the vehicle.”

Trooper Hileman says no Kansas law requires motorists to move over for broken down vehicles. The “Move Over” law only requires drivers to change lanes for emergency or Kansas Department of Transportation vehicles that have their lights on.

Still, Trooper Hileman says switching lanes for is the best thing you can do.

“Whatever is over on the side of the road, move as far away from it as you possibly can,” he says.

If you have to stop on the side of the road, Trooper Hileman says, make sure you try to get as far away from the road as possible. It’s also important to turn on your emergency lights.


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