PALMDALE – A tow truck driver suffered major burns to his hands and arms early Sunday morning when a suspected DUI driver crashed his vehicle into the tow truck, causing it to burst into flames, authorities said.
The collision happened around 12:05 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, on 90th Street East, north of Avenue O, according to a California Highway Patrol report.
Kim Q. Rucker, 51, of Lancaster, was driving a Countrywide Tow Truck northbound on 90th Street East north of Avenue O in Palmdale. As he made a U-turn, a tan Ford F-350 traveling south crashed into his tow truck, according to the CHP report.
The pickup truck’s driver, 59-year-old Candido Tostado of Palmdale, “failed to slow his vehicle prior to the left front of his vehicle colliding with the right side of the tow truck,” the CHP report states.
“Mr. Rucker was able to escape from the tow truck prior to it becoming fully engulfed, but suffered multiple 3rd degree burns on his hands and arms,” the CHP report states. He was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital for treatment.
“Mr. Tostado was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and was booked at the Lancaster Sheriff Station,” the CHP report states.
The incident remains under investigation.