Owner of tow truck company says driver had seizure before fatal Mid-City wreck

NEW ORLEANS -- One of the owners of a towing company said his driver had medical issues, which caused a crash that left three people dead Sunday in Mid-City.

Brain Ballard, one of the owners of All Night Towing and Recovery said a seizure was behind the fatal crash Sunday in Mid-City that killed three pedestrians near Carrollton and Tulane Avenue.

Ballard said the hospital confirmed his driver had a seizure while at the wheel of his tow truck, before crossing the center line of Tulane Avenue and plowing into a crowded strip mall parking lot.

Ballard said the driver is out of the hospital, but pretty "dinged up" from the accident. He added he sent his condolences out to the families of the people killed in the accident.

Ballard said his driver was dropping off a vehicle in the area at the time of the fatal accident. He would not release the name of the driver, but said he had only been with All Night Towing for about two months.

Tyler Gamble, a police spokesman, said the unidentified 24-year-old man has not been cited or arrested in connection with the crash, but the investigation continues.

The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office also identified two of the three people killed in the wreck on Wednesday.

The office said that Mark Robinson, 52, and Tina Bland, 50, both died from blunt force injuries. The identity of the third victim in the crash, a woman, has not yet been released. Jason Melancon, a spokesman for the Coroner's Office, said that officials have not been able to contact her next of kin.

(© 2016 WWL)


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