Tow truck driver remembered by loved ones
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
A tow truck operator lost his life on the job working on the side of a highway. Emotions ran high as they family members remember the man who loved helping others.
"Everybody who is in this industry knows it's a possibility that something can happen, we all know," Sarah Estes, said.
56-year-old Ronald Chaney was killed December 1st.
"And then when it does happen to somebody close it tears everybody's world up," Estes said.
Chaney’s co-workers and family want people to know how important it is for drivers to be extra careful when driving because in a matter of seconds someone's life can be taken away.
"You get people out there that are doing a job on the side of the road whether they are an ambulance police officer, tow truck driver, anybody. You need to slow down and let them do their job," Estes said.
Close friend, Sarah Estes, says the problem comes from people who aren't paying attention to the road.
She says drivers are getting distracted, especially on the highway.
"We're always too busy eating something, on the cell phone talking to somebody doing something, we're not paying attention to what's going on," Estes said.
" At the end of the day we want to go home to our families too," Estes said.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2015, 745 tow truck operators were killed while working. It's one of the most dangerous jobs in the U.S.