A Tulsa food truck manager is in the hospital tonight after injuring himself at work. Now people who own other food trucks are stepping in to keep his business open.
“It’s his art,” said Josh Baker’s friend and associate Maggie Cottingim. “I go to the screen and he goes into the kitchen.”
According to Cottingim, Josh Baker has been cooking for most of his life and decided to open the Bachelor’s Table Food Truck. He does everything from burgers to chilli to enchiladas.
Last week while cleaning up Josh was trying to push a generator out of the truck when it got too close to the edge.
“It just fluttered too far and he couldn’t stop, it tipped over and his head fell on the hitch,” said Cottingim.
Maggie called 911 and he was taken to the hospital.
She says it could be up to six months before he gets back to work.
“A piece of his skull was taken out. It just has skin over it so he won’t even be able to do anything that might touch his head, ”Cottingim said.
Baker’s Daughter started a Go Fund to pay for medical expenses as he is self-employed.
In the meantime, however, they are trying to keep the truck open to generate income.
“We both have mortgages. So if you’re not working, don’t eat,” said Cottingim.
Josh was scheduled to make an appearance on Fuel 66 the night after Josh was injured and they weren’t sure they’d be able to do so until other food trucks came in to help.
“They did the tremendous amount of prep, prepared everything, I showed up, a few other people showed up, directed the food and helped them cook,” said Cottingim.
Maggie says friends and even strangers asked about Josh.
“I went to Sam today to buy some things we needed and I don’t usually speak to anyone while I’m on Sam’s escape and about 8 people stopped me to ask how he was doing” said Cottingim. “I didn’t even know they knew who we were.”
She says one of the things Josh is known for is his kind heart, which even went out of its way to feed the homeless a few months ago while they were performing on Intercircle downtown.
“When I went up, his little checkered baskets in which we serve food were only scattered because he was feeding people. There are a lot of homeless people in this area and it wasn’t even open, ”said Cottingim. “He is really cute.”
There’s a Go Fund Me set up to pay Josh’s medical expenses: GO FUND ME