Durham County

Durham police say slick roads didn’t cause fatal tow truck wreck on Miami Boulevard

A tow truck driver was killed Friday morning in a wreck on North Miami Boulevard.

Durham police identified the driver as Danny Ray Mangum, 57, of Durham, who died on the scene.

Danny Mangum
Danny Mangum

Mangum was the owner of American Eagle Towing and Recovery in Durham.

Police said Mangum was towing a Ford Explorer shortly after 10 a.m. when his rollback wrecker ran off the left side of North Miami Boulevard and hit a tree near Robinhood Road. The rear chain securing the Explorer to the truck’s flatbed broke, sending the SUV crashing into the truck’s cab, they said.

The roadway was free of ice and snow when the accident happened, police investigators said. They are looking into the possibility that Mangum may have had a medical issue that caused the accident.

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