Brandon tower killed while assisting stranded motorist

By Mike Davey

Brandon, Manitoba — December 12, 2013 — A prominent member of Manitoba’s towing industry has died following a vehicle incident near the community of Sidney. Jason Schaffer, president of Accel Towing & Transport, died while attempting to assist a stranded motorist.

Schaffer and his wife, Angela Thompson, started Accel Towing & Transport and built it into the largest towing operator in Brandon, Man., with approximately 20 staff.

A statement from Ron Lamont of Accel Towing & Transport indicates that the accident did not include any other vehicle that was passing the scene.

“The employees are in doing their duties as they feel Jason would want, as Accel was his dream and passion,” says the statement from Lamont. “Things are running as near as possible to normal, but with this situation at hand and us faced with cooler than normal temperatures, the demands on the employees are high. All we can ask is that as the employees are there supporting the community in their duties, that the community supports us in our loss.”

A trust fund has been set up for Schaffer’s children with Royal Bank. Contributions can be made at any Royal Bank branch under the name Tyler and Ashley Trust Fund.

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