Stopping traffic
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Hazardous occupation

Stopping traffic
Tow truck driver Tim Hernandez stops traffic on the transition from the northbound 605 Freeway to the 10 Freeway as a stranded bus is moved out of the way. Each year, dozens of pedestrians are killed on Southern California freeways. (Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times)
Stranded motorist
Hernandez talks to a stranded motorist on the 605 Freeway. “Rule No. 1 out here: You never take your eyes off the traffic,” he says. (Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times)
Hookup
Hernandez attaches a car’s wheels to a tow truck as Kelly “Kilo” Washington watches traffic on the 605 Freeway. (Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times)
Bus
Hernandez points out a safer spot to which to move a stranded Metro bus. (Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times)
Tire repair
Hernandez jacks up a car with a flat tire on the 605. His family wants him to quit. (Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times)
Transition road
Hernandez walks along the transition from the 605 to the 10 after responding to a call. “There are some places where we won’t attempt to repair a flat and we’ll ask them if they can move to a safer location,” he says. “Some people say, ‘What about my $3,500 rims?’ I say, “What about your life?’ ” (Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times)
Steam
Waiting for steam to stop spewing from a stranded vehicle. (Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times)
Gas
Hernandez pours gas into a truck on the 605 as Nick Acevedo watches the traffic behind him. (Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times)
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