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Tow Truck Tragedy

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Worker crushed, killed by
flatbed while clearing snow
at North Brunswick towing


NORTH BRUNSWICK — A worker who was cleaning a
truck at a North Brunswick towing business was
killed Wednesday morning when he was accidentally
crushed by a flatbed that was being lowered, police

Thomas Serinese, 47, of Burlington was pronounced
dead at the scene soon after the accident at Coppa’s
Service Center and Towing, 1 Moore Road at Route 1

Around 7 a.m., Serinese and another employee were
clearing snow from one of the trucks when they
raised the flatbed to cause the snow to slide off,
police Lt. Roger Reinson said. At some point during
the cleaning, the second employee hit the controls
on the driver’s side to begin to lower the flatbed,
unaware of Serinese’s whereabouts.

Serinese, who was on the passenger’s side, was
apparently bent over to clean and became pinned
between the truck’s large tool box and the flatbed as
it moved, suffering the fatal injuries, Reinson said.

First aid personnel and medics were called to the
scene before Serinese was pronounced dead.

Reinson said the accident is under investigation.

I don’t believe Mr. Serinese was being over-paid, the opinion of David Rible and Mary Pat Angelini notwithstanding.  God rest his soul.

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