Sunday afternoon Kentucky State Police received word that a motorist was stranded along I-65.
Kentucky State Police Trooper, Terry Alexander, says: "We asked her if she wanted us to send a wrecker with gas to her and she said that would be fine."
They dispatched a truck from Reynolds Wrecking Service to the scene. But when the truck got there the driver did not have the money to pay and told him she'd have a relative come instead.
Mark Reynolds is the General Manager at Reynolds. He says: "Then my wrecker driver got back in the wrecker and called our dispatcher and had her call the state police and let them know the car was still there."
After the tow truck left the SUV was hit by a semi killing a six-year-old child. Kentucky State Police say the driver of the wrecker truck was in no way at fault. They recommend always being prepared in case of an emergency like the one this weekend.
Trooper Alexander says: "Most people don't think they're going to break down when they do. But it's always a good idea to have some form of payment with you."
Reynolds says: "Of course everybody accepts cash, but credit cards all major credit cards and local checks and depending on the circumstances out of town checks also."
Reynolds says if they had known there was a child in the SUV or if the wrecker driver had felt it was an emergency he would helped them regardless.
Reynolds says: "We're in the business to get paid. We kind of leave that up to the wrecker drivers. We've towed cars hundreds of miles. But that's up to the wrecker driver's discretion. We don't pressure them either way."
Here are some tips to stay safe when you are on the interstate or other major roadways:
- Always know how much gas you have in your car, but do not carry gasoline in the vehicle with you.
- Have regular checkups on your car and make sure it is running properly.
- Carry a cell phone with you. Even your cell phone doesn't have service it can still dial 911.