Grandmother in hospital after tow truck malfunction

An elderly woman in the Welsh town of Pontypool has been taken to hospital after her vehicle, which was being towed by a recovery truck, came loose and crashed into another car.

Bonita Barrett, 71, had come to the aid of her granddaughter, Courtney, who had broken down in her Fiat Seicento while on a driving lesson on Monday 21 July. An RAC tow truck was called to take the car to a local garage but the towing eye broke en route and the Fiat crashed into an oncoming vehicle with Courtney and Bonita inside, the South Wales Argus reported.

Equipment breaking down is a prominent risk within the motor trade industry – the nature of working with heavy machinery means things are at risk of malfunctioning. Taking due diligence to ensure all of a company’s equipment is up to scratch is obviously very important, but engineering inspection cover, which can be purchased alongside a combined motor trade insurance policy, can also help by providing regular checks on machinery and equipment to make sure it is fit for purpose.

A spokesperson for the RAC commented on the incident: “We are extremely sorry for this unfortunate incident. This situation is extremely rare and we are conducting a full investigation into the cause.

“We are in contact with Mrs Barrett and her family and doing all that we can to help.”

According to the South Wales Argus, Bonita Barrett underwent an electrocardiogram and some x-rays but was discharged from hospital the day after the incident.