CARROLLTON — The tow truck driver who died of a medical emergency Thursday on Route 219 in Carrollton was a Great Valley man who worked for BKG Truck Repair LLC.
David L. Olson, 76, died after suffering an apparent heart attack while towing a FedEx truck and transporting the delivery person to Jamestown, Olson’s wife Nancy told the Olean Times Herald Friday.
David Olson collapsed at the wheel, but the delivery person seated in the passenger seat was able to grab the wheel and prevent the vehicle from crashing, Nancy Olson said. The delivery person, and later first responders, attempted CPR, but were unable to save him, she added.
“He’d do anything for anybody,” she said of her husband, adding he loved to joke around and tell stories.
An obituary for David Olson was submitted to the Times Herald Friday and appears in today’s edition. BKG Truck Repair, located in Salamanca, also made a Facebook post Friday announcing his passing.
Olson is survived by 10 children, as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren, his wife said.
Chief Mike Soper of the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department had reported to the Times Herald Thursday evening that a tow truck driver suffered a medical emergency on Route 219 and died. However, he declined to identify the driver at the time.
It was the second fatality Limestone firefighters responded to that evening, as a tractor-trailer driver died around roughly the same time and mere miles away. The tractor-trailer crossed the center line and crashed into a ditch on Route 417 near Windfall Road.
The identity of the tractor-trailer driver, described as a man in his early 50s who resided in the local area, is still not publicly known. Both Soper and New York State Police Investigator John Zeigler declined to identity him on the scene Thursday, and a call to Trooper James O’Callaghan, public information officer for Troop A, was not returned Friday.
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