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Staying Safe When Broken Down On the Highway

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — Being stranded on the side of the highway can be a very dangerous situation.

That’s why employees at Interstate Towing Inc. respond to highway calls within 15 minutes to get people out of harms way.

“They are our number one priority.  They are not in a good spot, whether they are on a straight away, a turn, whatever it is, a small little problem can turn very big quickly,” said Kyle Jendrysik, Interstate Towing Inc.

People should take extra precautions when they are broken down to avoid being hit.

Early Monday morning a Maryland man fell off an I-84 overpass in Hartford trying to help a driver whose SUV rolled over. He was trying to avoid a tractor-trailer when he fell, according to Conn. State Police.

Locally, Friday a truck was side swipe on I-91 in Longmeadow.

“He swiped the entire truck. The driver was hurt not bad, but ripped the whole box truck apart,” said Jendrysik.

Jendryski says they encourage drivers and passengers to get out of the car and get on the other side of the guardrail until help arrives.  He adds if you can’t get out of the car to sit on the right side to avoid a side swipe.

“Keep your hazards on, keep all your lights on, any sort of thing that will catch peoples attention,” said Jendryski.

Call 911 right away so that State Police will respond and help with visibility and traffic control.