Sunday, February 24, 2008

Elderly man sent flying in accident, police say

Elderly man sent flying in accident, police say

The Patriot Ledger
Posted Feb 19, 2008 @ 02:34 AM


A 94-year-old Hingham man who was hit by a runaway trailer on Friday afternoon is recovering, police say.

William C. Thomas of Fresh River Avenue was walking on a sidewalk near the intersection of Fresh River Avenue and Fort Hill Street when a lawnmower trailer being illegally towed behind a Nissan Pathfinder came loose and struck him from behind, according to police.

The plastic trailer, intended for pulling by a riding lawnmower, “knocked him into the air,” police Lt. Michael Peraino said.

Several people called 911 after seeing the accident. Thomas was taken to South Shore Hospital by the Hingham Fire Department.

He has returned home, Peraino said.

Although Peraino said the accident is still being investigated, police were planning to file charges against the Pathfinder driver today in Hingham District Court.

The driver was to be charged with operating a vehicle with a revoked license, operating a motor vehicle negligently to endanger, operating an unregistered vehicle (the trailer), and operating a motor vehicle with an expired inspection sticker, police said.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Man killed in I-25 rollover near Pueblo

Man killed in I-25 rollover near Pueblo
By Kirk Mitchell
The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 02/13/2008 10:19:16 AM MST

Highway workers respond to an accident Tuesday afternoon. (Courtesy Denver Post reader)

A man was killed when his Grand Cherokee that was towing a trailer rolled on southbound Interstate—25 yesterday afternoon, authorities say.

The identity of the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, has not been confirmed, said Trooper Ryan Sullivan, a spokesman for the Colorado State Patrol.

The victim, who was driving south about 11 miles north of Pueblo at 12:20 p.m., first drove off the right side of the highway. He turned back onto the highway, overcorrected and his SUV and trailer began to rotate, Sullivan said.

Both the SUV and the trailer rolled onto the median on the left side of the highway.

Patrol officers continue to investigate the crash. No other vehicles were involved, Sullivan said.

Their owner, a 32-year-old man from Deford, says the force of air from a passing semitrailer caused his trailer to separate from its hitch, flip end o

Pigs run loose after livestock trailer topples

MARLETTE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (Map, News) - State highway 53 is hardly Michigan's busiest road, but traffic backed up for miles after about a half-dozen pigs escaped from a wrecked livestock trailer.

Their owner, a 32-year-old man from Deford, says the force of air from a passing semitrailer caused his trailer to separate from its hitch, flip end over end and come to rest on its side before being hit by a car.

The Times Herald of Port Huron says the car's driver, a 52-year-old Port Hope woman, was taken to Marlette Regional Hospital.

One pig died in the accident, and the rest weren't going to fare much better. A bystander towing an empty livestock trailer of his own volunteered to take the pigs to their destination: a game ranch where animals are hunted in a contained area.


Information from: Times Herald,

Three men injured in accident

2/18/2008 8:11:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article
Three men injured in accident
CONTINENTAL - Three men were injured late Friday afternoon in a two vehicle accident north of Cotinental.

The accident happened at approximately 3:30 p.m. Friday on Road 21, south of the Defiance-Putnam County line.

A Chevy 1500 pickup truck was pulling a trailer with another vehicle on it when the trailer came loose and went into the Northbound lane striking a Ford F-350 pickup.

Injured in the accident were Brad Taddsen, Jerry Ricker and Justin Holland, all of Defiance. Taddsen was transportated from the scene by St. Vincent's Lifeflight. Ricker and Holland were transported by EMS.

EMS squads from Ayersville, Continental, Oakwood and Kalida all assisted at the scene as well as the Continental Fire Department and Kalida Heavy Rescue. One victim had to be freed from his vehicle by heavy rescue. The accident remains under investigation.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

The crash occurred while both the bicyclist and the driver of a truck with a flatbed trailer were heading west on Northern, Tellef said.

A Few questions...

  • Was the trailer and truck combination over the weight limit?
  • Who trained the person on how to tow?
  • Was the truck driver going to fast?
  • Did the truck driver have a CDL?
  • Was age a factor in not stoping in time or hitting the brakes?

Bicyclist killed by construction truck

Brent Whiting
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 12, 2008 09:10 AM

A 46-year-old Glendale man was killed Tuesday morning when he was struck by a truck while riding his bicycle in Peoria, authorities said.

The traffic fatality occurred about 7 a.m. at 77th and Northern avenues, resulting in the closure of Northern between 75th and 83rd avenues as police conducted their investigation.

The victim, who name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the crash scene, said Mike Tellef, a Peoria police spokesman.

The crash occurred while both the bicyclist and the driver of a truck with a flatbed trailer were heading west on Northern, Tellef said.

The truck driver, a 71-year-old Glendale man who works for a Glendale construction firm, apparently approached the bicyclist and was unable to avoid a collision, he said.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Traci was involved in an auto accident this morning. She's a little shaken and she's got a couple of cuts from broken glass and she had some glass in her eye, but other than that, she's doing pretty good. She'll be sore for the next few days though.

Basically she was hit by a runaway trailer. A pickup was towing a trailer that came unhitched. We discovered that the tongue and hitch ball were different sizes. They also did not have the trailer secured to the truck correctly with chains. The witnesses say that after it came unhitched, it followed the truck a little bit, then darted across the road. Traci said it came at her so fast she didn't have time to react.

The trailer hit the driver's side right behind the driver's side door. The whole door was sheered off and the sliding door was mangled. I keep the registration in a door pocket on the driver's side so it took a little work to locate it. I kept expecting to see the door somewhere but it was ripped apart into several unrecognizable pieces. The B pillar was crushed in about a foot. If anyone had been sitting behind Traci, they would have been seriously injured or killed. I am glad that the kids were not with her. Cameron usually sits in that seat.

I'll have to go get the police report tomorrow and start the process of getting us a new van. It's a pain but it could have been a whole lot worse.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Man Hit By Utility Trailer

Man Hit By Utility Trailer

Sunday, February 10, 2008 11:32:06 PM

A Kissimmee man is facing charges after troopers said his mistake led to a pedestrian being sent to the hospital in serious condition.

Investigators said Benito Lopez was driving his truck on U.S. 192 Sunday when the trailer he was pulling detached, jumped up onto a sidewalk, and hit a man who had just gotten off the bus.

Pedro Danchez, 47, was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Troopers said Lopez didn't properly secure the trailer to the truck before he started driving, and was issued a ticket.

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CHP: Loose Trailer Caused Fatal Crash In Baldwin Park

CHP: Loose Trailer Caused Fatal Crash In Baldwin Park

Fatal Crash Closes SB 605 Freeway In Baldwin Park

POSTED: 11:53 am PST February 4, 2008
UPDATED: 5:21 pm PST February 4, 2008

A man was killed Monday when a trailer being towed by a truck came loose, resulting in a four-vehicle crash on the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway in Baldwin Park, the California Highway Patrol reported.East LA County TrafficGil Tae Kim, 48, of Rancho Cucamonga, died at the scene of head injuries he sustained in the 11 a.m. collision on the southbound 605, south of Ramona Boulevard, authorities said.

Michael D. Brown, 45, of Long Beach, was northbound in a Ford F-350 truck towing the trailer, which became detached and bounced over the center divider wall onto the southbound lanes, according to the CHP accident report.A tire from the trailer struck the windshield of Kim's 2007 Toyota Camry on the driver's side. The impact caused Kim to lose control of his car, which slid into the center divider wall and came to rest in a dirt and grass area on the right side of the freeway, according to the CHP.Two other vehicles were also involved in the crash. The drivers were treated for minor to moderate injuries.