2008-11-13 / Local & State

Towing Workers Plundered Knives At Fatal Pa. Crash

MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. (AP) - State police say the owner and three employees of a towing firm plundered $16,000 worth of custommade knives from a tractor-trailer involved in a fatal Pennsylvania Turnpike crash.

Forty-two-year-old Michael Yanuck, of Scottdale, and three employees of Diamond Towing of Mount Pleasant are charged with theft in the Aug. 23 crash.

The truck's driver was killed when the vehicle veered off a curve and crashed. Diamond is one of 20 companies with a contract to clear wreckage from the turnpike, but its contract is being terminated.

Yanuck and his company have not returned calls for comment.

The truck was hauling knives for Snap-On Tools. Police say the towing employees took boxes of the custom-made knives and passed them out to emergency responders who told police about it.

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