Roxbury Building Owner Cited For Tow Truck Damage

BOSTON (CBS) A one-two punch for the owner of an apartment building in Roxbury this week.

First the building on Saint James Street was hit by a city tow truck;  then the owner is hit with a citation listing structural defects.

Ian Cottrell was ordered to fix the problems, which include collapsed bricks, damaged windows and other unsafe and dangerous conditions within 24 hours and then appear in court.

He says its unfair because the truck made the code violations.

Meantime, the driver of the truck is on paid  administrative leave while an internal investigation proceeds.  He told police the truck’s brakes failed after he hit a parked car, struck another vehicle and then hit the building.

Boston Transportation Commissioner Tom Tinlin spoke with WBZ’s Rod Fritz.

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