tow truck


Definition of tow truck

: a truck with winches and hoist mechanisms for freeing stuck vehicles and towing wrecked or disabled vehicles

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On Sunday afternoon, a tow truck driver responded to a call to remove an overdue rental car from a driveway, PIX11, the Standard-Post and CNYCentral report. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Tow-Truck Driver Finds Bodies of Mom, 3 Kids Dead in Rental Car," 9 July 2019 Peabody police and fire and a tow truck were also called to the scene. Sabrina Schnur,, "5-car crash shuts down part of Route 1 in Peabody briefly; one hurt," 12 June 2019 The next day, a Boca Raton police lieutenant spotted the Nissan on a flatbed tow truck that was driving along Spanish River Boulevard. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Fatal hit-run investigation leads Boca Raton police to South Dakota," 5 June 2019 The tow truck driver was seriously injured and lost part of one leg. Carol Kovach,, "‘Cahoon in June’ festivities mark 50 years in Bay Village: West Shore Chatter," 11 June 2019 The police intervened in a woman’s dispute with a tow truck driver at 3:35 p.m. May 29 at County Line Road and Deerpath Trail. Kimberly Fornek,, "Burr Ridge police blotter: Business reports suspicious iPhone returns," 10 June 2019 The suspect then stole a tow truck before getting into a hit-and-run crash with another car, the Denver Police Department said. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Colorado man accused of stealing tractor led cops on chase before choking and biting police dog," 28 July 2018 The repossessed vehicle – a black Kia – was just unloaded from the tow truck when the owner noticed someone driving away in his wrecker. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Police: Carjacking suspect kills owner, leads pursuit to Sugar Land," 7 July 2018 General assistance, Woodstock Road: Officers arranged for a tow truck to pull a vehicle out from the side of the road Jan. 8 after the driver lost control and drove off the roadway due to slick road conditions. Andy Attina /,, "Winter storm strands vehicles on Mayfield Road hill: Gates Mills Police Blotter," 17 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of tow truck

1944, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of tow truck

: a truck with special equipment on the back of it to tow away vehicles

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