Charles Gibbard Injured in Fort Meyers, FL, Tow Truck Accident
Fort Meyers, FL -- January 21, 2017, Charles Gibbard was critically injured following an accident where his crane was hit by a tow truck.
According to Fort Meyers authorities, the accident took place at about 11:00 a.m. just outside the RSW Airport. Construction was being done on Terminal Access road at the time, and 46-year-old Gibbard was operating the crane.
Along eastbound lanes of the road, 71-year-old James Powers was driving a tow truck on the inside lane of the road. Reports say the outside lane was closed due to construction, and the arm of the crane was extended over eastbound traffic lanes. As Powers passed the crane, the tow truck somehow collided into the base of the crane.
This collision caused Gibbard to suffer serious injuries despite having a safety harness. Emergency services came to the scene, and Gibbard was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital for treatment. Reports did not say if Powers was injured.
At this time, authorities are still trying to determine what caused the accident. Their investigations are ongoing.
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