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Tow truck driver killed by passing big rig on Highway 50 identified

The scene of the accident in which a tow truck driver was killed by a passing big rig.
The scene of the accident in which a tow truck driver was killed by a passing big rig. video image

A tow truck driver was killed when he was clipped by a passing big rig on Highway 50 in West Sacramento Monday night.

Michael Bower, 29, a tow truck driver from Octavio’s Towing in Dixon experienced a breakdown of his flatbed tow truck Monday night on Highway 50’s Pioneer Bridge over the Sacramento River near the Jefferson Boulevard offramp.

The tow truck company owner responded to the scene and helped repair the truck. The company owner then left the scene.

Bower, a resident of Dixon, then was on the left side of his truck and stowing away highway safety triangles when the trailer of a passing big rig hit him. His body was not found until a California Highway Patrol officer later stopped to look into why the tow truck was still on the bridge.

The tow truck was stopped so close to the white line along the side of the road that Bower must have been standing in a traffic lane when he was hit, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The big rig has not been found. The California Highway Patrol asks any big rig drivers who were passing on westbound Highway 50 at Jefferson Boulevard between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday to give the CHP a call.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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