Investigation shows how MTA bus fell onto wrecker driver on I-475 exit ramp

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MT. MORRIS TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (10/23/2017) - Police believe wheel chocks could have saved the life of a wrecker driver who died while working on an MTA bus on an I-475 exit ramp on Monday.

"He was valued at that company, so it was a tragic loss for his family and for the towing company," said Mt. Morris Township Police Chief Terence Green.

The bus was broken down on the southbound exit ramp off of I-475. The 60-year-old man was attempting to hook it up to his wrecker when the accident happened.

Green said the investigation revealed that the wrecker driver had placed some stability blocks beneath the bus in an attempt to position the hoist.

"While he was beneath the bus, positioning it, one of the blocks, we believe the bus rolled backwards. One of the blocks became displaced causing the bus to land on top of him," said Green.

He said there were no blocks placed behind the rear wheels of the bus, which police believe could have prevented the bus from rolling.

The man died at the scene.

A representatives from the tow company said the driver was a former Marine, had worked for them for close to 40 years without missing a day of work and had just turned 60 last week.