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Concerns over car towing arise after Beaumont woman dies in LA crash

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Louisiana investigators are trying to determine what caused a Jeep to break free from the truck that was towing it Friday afternoon on Interstate-10 near Lafayette.

Officials say the runaway Jeep hit a Nissan carrying four women from Beaumont, injuring three and killing 23-year-old Grace Lee, daughter of restaurant owner Bryan Lee.

Sergeant Paul Vankerkhove of the Louisiana State Police says he often see cars or trucks towing other vehicles going from Louisiana into Texas, and that there are laws to ensure it's done safely.

"The tow dolly itself is going to have to have safety chains connected to the vehicle, and then the vehicle is strapped down to the to dolly," said Vankerkhove.

Whether the driver towing the Jeep took the necessary precautions is still under investigation, but authorities say he was following the state law that states the total length of vehicles being towed cannot exceed 30 feet.

Vankerkhove says his area doesn't see wrecks caused by towing mishaps very often.

"In my 21 years I only have intimate knowledge of one other crash where a vehicle on a tow dolly came loose," he said.
After Friday's horrific accident, they'll be keeping a closer eye on cars and trucks in tow, perhaps catching violators, and preventing someone else from losing their life.


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