CASTAIC (CBSLA) – A tow truck driver who was working alongside the 5 Freeway on Friday evening was killed after being struck by a big rig in a hit-and-run accident, authorities said.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the AAA Auto Club driver was struck at 8:15 p.m. Friday on the southbound side of the freeway near Vista del Lago.

The tow truck driver, reported to be about 35 years old, was tending to a broken down vehicle when the big rig struck him and proceeded to flee the scene.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and police continued to search for the driver of the big rig as of Saturday morning.

The big rig involved was reportedly described by witnesses as a red and black big rig that was hauling a double trailer, possibly fitted with Arizona license plates.

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Comments (3)
  1. Sue Beck says:

    No surprise….Big Rig Drivers think they own the 5. I make a trip from Northern Cal to Southern Cal twice a month and the last trip 10 days ago a big rig driver saw me, and then took my lane. I almost went down an embankment on the 5 before the 60/5 split.. Got the license and company and called to report HER. Another HER driver I will call blondie did the same thing to me further down the 5 in Orange County same, got info and called company. There should be some where else we can report these drivers..

  2. Big Mama says:

    Tow truck drivers are never given enough credit for the good and many times dangerous job they perform..and make peanuts for wages..