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A tow-truck driver was killed Tuesday morning after police said his rig apparently rolled back onto him.
Allegheny County police Inspector Andrew Schurman said McKeesport police and paramedics were dispatched before 5 a.m. in response to a 9-1-1 call about a man trapped under a tow truck.
Andrew Sester, 42, of Lucerne Mines, Indiana County, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office said. The cause and manner of his death are pending an autopsy.
County detectives said Sester worked for International Recovery Systems and was repossessing a pickup truck.
County police said the driver removed the pickup and then stopped a short distance away to make sure the tow was secure and to contact his company’s dispatch center.
When the dispatch center could not reach the driver, they sent another tow truck to check on him. That driver found the accident, called 9-1-1 and moved the truck, county police said.
Jeremy Cross, president of International Recovery Systems, which has offices in Pittsburgh and Kennett Square, Chester County, said Tuesday afternoon the company is still learning the details of the incident and is working closely with the police investigation “to gain a full and clear picture of the events” that led to the accident.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the employee’s wife and children and other employees on the IRS team as we deal with our loss,” Cross said. “We ask that you keep our team in your prayers during this very difficult time.”
Schurman said detectives have reviewed a video camera on the truck and foul play is not suspected. Detectives believe the tow truck’s transmission may not have been in the park position and the truck rolled back onto Sester.
The truck and the pickup that was being repossession are both being inspected for mechanical defects, Schurman said.
Jason Togyer is editor of The Tube City Almanac and volunteer executive director of Tube City Community Media Inc.
Originally published February 18, 2020.